n Conflict Trends - Understanding the recruitment of child soldiers in Africa

Volume 2016, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


While it is estimated that about 40% of all child soldiers globally are active on the African continent, scholars appear to evaluate this number in different ways. Vera Achvarina and Simon Reich draw the conclusion that "[s]ince 1975, Africa has become the epicentre of the problem, providing the largest concentration of both conflicts and child soldiers". On the other hand, Mark A. Drumbl states that "only a plurality - reportedly, about 40% - of the global number of child soldiers is located on the African continent". Many African societies are experiencing or have experienced civil conflict at some stage, but it is important to emphasise that this article does not intend to "Africanize a global phenomenon and pathologize African conflicts".

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