We were all inspired last week by the eloquent words of American president Barack Obama:
For those who support the abolition of modern day slavery, it is a real encouragement to see the media and people in influential positions raise their voice in support of the cause. The ripple effect can be huge. When Obama announced an executive order strengthening protection’s against trafficking of persons in federal contracts, we were all encouraged. For this reason it comes as quite a shock to discover that for every year since Obama has been in office, he has waived sanctions on countries that recruit child soldiers.
The bi-partisan “child-soldiers law” was signed by president Bush in 2008. It prohibits “U.S. military education and training, foreign military financing, and other defense-related assistance to countries that actively recruit troops under the age of 18.” Obama waived the law in 2010, the first year it was to take effect. He has waived it every year since.
Josh Brogin writes in his blog
He cites Jesse Eaves, senior policy advisor for child protection at World Vision,
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Standing against modern day slavery is an issue that transcends party politics. All leaders of every political party in every nation must have their feet held to the fire. Words are important: leaders must speak out against trafficking. But even more important than words are actions—and when our actions contradict what we say, this should not go unchallenged.
Read more at the following link:Obama Waives Sanctions