Child Soldiers

– There are estimated to be 250,000 child soldiers in the world.

-40% of child soldiers are girls. They are used as wives (i.e. sex slaves) of the male combatants.

– Many rebel groups use child soldiers to fight the government, but some governments also use child soldiers in armed conflict.

– Not all children take part in active combat. Some are also used as porters, cooks, and spies.

– As part of their recruitment, children are sometimes forced to kill or maim a family member – thus breaking the bonds with their community and making it difficult for them to return home.

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