facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Rwanda denies backing child soldiers in DRC

Oct. 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM   |   Comments

KIGALI, Rwanda, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Rwanda's foreign minister denied allegations the country is helping train child soldiers for rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The United States recently withdrew aid from Rwanda because of its backing of the M23 rebel military group in the DRC, which is believed to recruit minors.

"The idea that Rwanda is associated with child soldiers is just ludicrous," Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told the BBC. "We have worked with a number of U.N. agencies ... to basically make sure that children don't belong in the army."

M23, which is led by ethnic Tutsis, is accused of forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes in eastern DRC.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year
2
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
3
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours
4
Utah man teaches 'homophones', fired for promoting gay agenda
5
Comic-Con cosplayer sexually assaulted, beaten and left in gutter
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback