Monday, 27 July 2009

Peru's Army continues recruiting minors

Isabel Guerra

Reportedly, Peru's Army keeps on recruit minors despite claiming this practice has ended, according to several media Peruvian media.

Both Coordinadora Nacional de Radio and La Republica report the case of a 16 year old soldier, who was one of the casualties registered last week due to the accidental explosion of a grenade.

One of the injured soldiers is also under age.

According to the newspapers, the Ombudsman has asked the Prosecutor's Office to investigate these events, that add up to several complaints of illegal and sometimes forced recruitment of minors.

Peru's Defense Minister, Antero Flores Araoz, acknowledged last May (after a similar incident) that it is possible that “minors who have no documents enroll the Army by giving false information about their age,” as a way to get “ousing, clothes and free food.”

Reùblished from LivinginPeru

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