child soldiers by Giorgio Choufany and yasha

what is a child soldier

Child soldiers are any children under the age of 18 who are recruited by a state or non-state armed group and used as fighters, cooks, suicide bombers, human shields, messengers, spies, or for sexual purposes.

In the last 15 years, the use of child soldiers has spread to almost every region of the world and every armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

Some children are under the age of 10 when they are forced to serve.

Two-thirds of states confirm that enrollment of soldiers under the age of 18 should be banned to prohibit forced child soldiers, as well as 16- and 17-year-old armed force volunteers.

Children who are poor, displaced from their families, have limited access to education, or live in a combat zone are more likely to be forcibly recruited.

A child associated with an armed force or armed group refers to any person below 18 year of age who is ,or who has been, recruited or used by any armed force or armed group in any capacities including but not lingered to children boys and girls fighters used to cook.



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