In 1989 the UN passed the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it states that, "state parties shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons who have not attained the age of 15 do not take direct part in hostilities. Child soldiers in Africa are on the rise.
Today there are many African child soldiers participating in wars and conflicts in various countries. These children are forced to join the military by various groups in different nations across the continent with the aim of providing a dispensable force to the group. There are various ways that the vulnerability of children can be exploited by the recruiters.
Apart from the vulnerabilities of these children towards abuse, a fact that is worth considering is the false power and authority given to these minors when they are standing behind a high-powered AK 47 rifle.