n Conflict Trends - Regional child warriors in West Africa

Volume 2008, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


A widespread and deplorable development in recent years is an increase in the practice of using young children as soldiers. There are as many as 300 000 children under the age of 18 presently serving as combatants around the globe; representing 10% of all global combatants. They are recruited by national armies, terrorist organisations and rebel groups.

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