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Thanks to Hollywood and Invisible Children’s viral KONY2012 campaign, most Americans associate child soldiers with African dictatorships or Middle Eastern terrorists. But the reality is the problem is much closer to home. Head to Mexico and you’ll soon discover that over 30,000 of that nation’s youth have been coerced into working as child soldiers for the various drug cartels.

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Slideshow: Violence Prevention Coalition Turns Guns to Art

An inside look at La Fonderie, where a group of youth volunteers and metalworkers are making art out of melted down gunmetal.

A crew of metalsmiths and youth volunteers are collaborating to melt down guns from Los Angeles's streets and turn them into art. (You can find out more about that project here.) Check out the slideshow above for a tour of La Fonderie, a metal shop in the heart of the city that's providing the resources to make the project happen.

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In Los Angeles, Transforming Guns Into Art

A community coalition is melting down guns and turning them into statues.

A statue made from liquefied guns. See more pictures of Violence Prevention Coalition's statues.

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