THE SALINA JOURNAL T SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996 CHILDREN AT WAR CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 5 SERVING IN CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD By CARL HARTMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON - An estimated 250,000 soldiers under 18 — some as young as 5 years old — are serving in wars around the world, according to a report Thursday by Save the Children. The report counted 33 armed conflicts, many of them civil wars, where children have been fighting this year. Save the Children is promoting a U.N. pact that would raise the minimum recruitment age to 17. The 1979 Convention on the Rights of the Child sets the age at 15, but not all countries follow it. "Even a generation ago, battlefield weapons were heavy and cumbersome," the report said. "The development of lightweight automatic w0apons — archetypically, but by no means exclusively, the Soviet AK47 — has transformed the capacity of children to serve as combatants." Some of the weapons weigh less than seven pounds. Young soldiers include girls as File photo An unidentified young soldier stands guard In Uganda In early 1996. well as boys. "The girl soldiers were stationed at the front in all military actions, and so bore the brunt of any casualties," said a case study on Cambo- BRIEFLY Kohl sets postwar mark for longevity BMANILA, Philippines — German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was about as far from home as he could possibly be Thursday, when he became Germany's longest serving postwar leader. But the chancellor who has thrust Germany back into international affairs during his 14 years in office might have planned it that way. "I'm glad I'm not at home'to- day," Kohl said in Manila during a nine-day tour of Asia. "I don't think I'd want to make a big deal about such a day." Kohl's travel schedule deprived Germans of the chance to honor him in person on his 5,145th day in office, eclipsing Konrad Adenauer's term by one day — and counting. Chinese couple jailed in live mother's burial BEIJING — A married couple in the central province of Hubei have been jailed on suspicion that they beat the man's mother and then buried her alive. During the 13 years that 83-year- o'ld Su Cuizhen was dependent on eldest son Chen Huizhen and his wife, she suffered from abuse and neglect, the Yangcheng Evening News reported Wednesday in a report seen Thursday in Beijing. In February, the couple beat the elderly woman and buried her alive in the fields, the report said. They explained her absence by saying Su had gone to visit relatives; later, they said she had died wftile away. 'I' But when relatives turned up looking for Su, villagers turned tlje couple in to authorities, the report said. «• The report did not say why authorities believe the elderly woman was still alive when she viras buried. Thieves take dinner, cash from Peace Corps ^MOSCOW — It was a common c^ime, but a rare dinner. .'Thieves who struck the U.S. Pgace Corps headquarters in the IJQssian capital took nearly $30,000 — and a 5-pound hunk of tfieat, which they microwaved and ate before leaving, the Moscow Times reported Thursday. Andreu Kisilev, a spokesman for the Moscow police, said the theft wasn't especially well-done. "The fact that they also ate dinner suggests that they were familiar with the office," Kisilev told the newspaper. "I think it will be possible to solve this case." The thieves sawed through bars on the ground-floor window over the weekend, and took dollars and rubles from the safe. The Peace Corps staff discovered the robbery Monday morning. U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Hoagland said American officials were working with Moscow police to solve the crime. "Five pounds of meat mi- crowaved — it must have tasted awful," he said. Earthquakes strike villages in Norway OSLO, Norway — Two offshore earthquakes rattled villages along Norway's west coast Thursday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or property damage. The quakes, with magnitudes of 3.9 and 4, occurred about five minutes apart, the Norwegian seismic monitoring station in Bergen reported. Both were centered in the ocean, roughly 40 miles off Floroe, which is about 90 miles north of the main west coast city, Bergen. The Norwegian news agency NTB said the earthquakes could be felt in much of the Sogn og Fjordane province. Earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 can cause moderate damage. Earthquake does little damage in Siberia MOSCOW — An earthquake rattled the south Siberian region of Buryatia on Thursday, but no victims or damages were reported. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5, and was centered about 280 miles northeast of the city of Ulan-Ude, said Karl Smo- likov, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. "No one was hurt and no houses were destroyed," Smolikov said. Ulan-Ude is about 2,700 miles southeast of Moscow. From Staff Reports UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LORD'S ACRE jT SALE £ Saturday, November 2, 1996 DOORS OPEN -10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 4-H Building - Salina, Kansas LUNCH - SANDWICHES & HOMEMADE PIE 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. DINNER - MEXICAN MATADOR DINNER OR VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP (includes pie and drink) 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Adults - $5.00, Children (12 and under) - $2.50 Children 8 years & younger eat free when accompanied by parent(s) SOME SILENT AUCTION ITEMS Embroidered, handpieced & quilted queen size quilt by the Lady Quilters SPECIAL DRAWINGS LARGE CRAFT SALE PUBLIC IS INVITED NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS dia, quoted in the report. The use of girls as suicide bombers was cited in Sri Lanka and Lebanon. Sexual abuse of both girls and boys was widely reported. "Soon after recruitment the girls are divided up and allocated to rebel men to be their 'wives,'" said the report on Uganda. A study of pro-communist forces in Afghanistan between 1978 and 1982 said: "Child soldiers ... were encouraged/forced to render sexual services, perform dance in public and do robbery. ... Performing dance in public according to the Afghan culture codes is regarded as a strong negative act." The report — "Children: The Invisible Soldiers" — quotes from 27 such studies on fighting in countries from Afghanistan to the former Yugoslavia. It was written by Rachel Brett and Margaret McCallin of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and the International Catholic Child Bureau. Save the Children describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization working in 41 countries. "We must not close our eyes to the fact that child soldiers are both victims and perpetrators," retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa wrote in an introduction. "They sometimes carry out the most barbaric acts of violence. But no matter what the child is guilty of, the main responsibility lies with us, the adults." Most of the child soldiers are in Africa, but many are in Asia and Latin America. At least one 5-year-old was reported in Khmer Rouge forces in Cambodia and another in Sierre Leone, while 7-year-olds were found in paramilitary groups in Sudan and among the Kurdish rebels fighting in Turkey. Children of 11 and 12 were said to have been found both in the army and guerrilla forces in Guatemala. Usually, children are not deliberately sought as soldiers, the report said, but armies need soldiers and children are easier to recruit. OPEN HOUSE TH6 JD6A GO. Nov. 2 & 3 10 am-6 pm Come Sep Our Autumn and Christmas Displays Bring a Friend Register For a Door Prizp Doris Dusseau 421 W. Preacott Salina, KS 67401 913-827-6634 „ 25 Year MD Brand White Latex BOSTER LUMBER CO. 1210 W.Crawford 827-3618 Going Out Of Business After 59 years in Abilene, Hamburg's Clothing Store will close the doors on Saturday, November 30, 1996. Join us Friday, November 1st and take - Everything off In The Store Save on all ladies fashions and accessories. All sales final. Cash, checks and credit cards only. No charges, layaways or gift wrap. Open Mon.-Sat. 9 to 5 FLUSH COOLING *— SYSTEM Recycle M Antifreeze Backflushes cooling system to remove deposits, scale and corrosion. • Recycled fluid provides superior corrosion protection for today's aluminum engines. • Pressure tests entire cooling system. Eliminates disposal and pollution problems. Drains cooling system to facilitate repairs. WeJJow Accept The NAPACARD CiJ!»T?l 2259-A Centennial Road / Salina / (913) 823-9732 Fall Savings Robes, gowns, pzyamas O C £4 £/ % Entire Stock Hosiery and Bras *No other discounts apply. Sale ends Sat. 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