n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - The continuing dilemma of child soldiers - : Central Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2014, Issue 03
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As if to advertise the prominence of child soldiers in conflicted Central Africa Republic (CAR), a boy in his early teens stands in front of the Presidential Palace in L, guarding the key government building with a rifle. By the end of 2013, the number of child soldiers participating in CAR conflict situations had doubled from the start of the year to 6000. This contravenes United Nation (UN) accords and the adults who recruit, train and put weapons in the hands of under-aged boys and girls are guilty of war crimes. Nevertheless, the swelling of the ranks of local militia was considered necessary by community leaders to counter an intrusion of rebel groups like Séléka.

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