n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Child soldiers : still a problem : Central Africa - issue on focus

Volume 2013, Issue 03
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Conflicts in various parts of Africa during December 2012 and January 2013 once again highlighted the use of child soldiers. Central African Republic (CAR) the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mali were just a few examples of a global problem: United Nations (UN) sources mention Myanmar, Yemen and several others as problem areas where children are recruited by armed groups, and even governments. Experts in the field see the recurring nature of this problem, especially in Africa, as a failure of governments to protect their citizens, and a symptom of a missing link at the level of the African Union (AU). Africa has some of the best international instruments to address the problem, and noble speeches are made regularly, but the problem continues to exist, and children brutalised by this treatment may well create future problems for their societies.

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