Fighting Through Childhood

Deployed as fighters, slaves, and informants, the number of children recruited for armed conflict has doubled since 2012, according to a new analysis marking the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers.

The analysis of the latest UN data counted some 30,000 verified cases of child recruitment across 17 nations, and a quadrupling in the number of girls linked to armed groups.

There has been some progress: In 2018, hundreds of child recruits were released from South Sudan to Nigeria to Syria. But this report represents just the beginning of coming to grips with one of the “most desperate human rights issues of our time,” warns CSI director Isabelle Guitard.

ReliefWeb (news release)

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