Here is the text of the petition. The source is World Vision , an agency I trust to understand the situation and do the reasearch, becasue they are all over the world in every kindof intervention and prevention.:
No tax dollars supporting children as soldiers
A war zone is no place for a child. I do not want my tax dollars spent on military aid for South Sudan or other countries that use children as soldiers.
President Obama, I urge you to stop U.S. military aid to South Sudan, as directed in the Child Soldier Prevention Act. No child should have to participate in combat in any way. Child soldiers risk injury or death, witness terrible brutalities, may be used as sex slaves or suicide bombers, and suffer extreme emotional and physical abuse. They are deprived of the opportunity for an education and a hopeful future. This is not acceptable.
When signing the 2015 Federal budget this October, do not re-issue a waiver that overrides the Child Soldier Prevention Act for South Sudan or any country that knowingly uses child soldiers. Do not allow U.S. military aid to continue to any country as long as children are involved on the battlefields. Let's be clear to the world that Americans do not condone using children as weapons of war.
I do not wish my taxpayer dollars to be spent on military aid to South Sudan or any country that uses child soldiers.
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