Islamic State Group Recruits, Exploits Children

Originally posted on Yahoo News Digest on November 23, 2014— “In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. Others serve as cooks or guards at the extremists’ headquarters or as spies, informing on people in their neighborhoods. Across the vast region … More Islamic State Group Recruits, Exploits Children

9,000 Child Soldiers Fighting in South Sudan’s War

Violent conflict continues in South Sudan; with nothing to do and little hope, boys and girls are being recruited to fight with militia and government forces. By James East for World Vision on June 4, 2014— “Across South Sudan, the struggle to survive is sending girls and boys into the arms of militia and government … More 9,000 Child Soldiers Fighting in South Sudan’s War

INDIA: At Least 500 Child Soldiers Fighting

© Photo: Flickr.com/jonmallard/cc-by-nc-sa 3.0 Published by Voice of Russia on March 26, 2014— “The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in its report, “India’s Child Soldiers”, released on Thursday, said at least 3,000 children are members of militant outfits and 500 of them are in the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir. Insurgent armies in India’s restive … More INDIA: At Least 500 Child Soldiers Fighting

SOUTH SUDAN: Former Child Soldier Speaks Out with a Very Unpalatable Message about Gangs

By David Cohen for The London Evening Standard on February 7, 2014— “A child soldier from South Sudan visited a London gang forum and told the group of vulnerable teenagers: “I also used to be in a gang. The only difference is that mine was massive — it was called the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. … More SOUTH SUDAN: Former Child Soldier Speaks Out with a Very Unpalatable Message about Gangs

Three Accounts of How Britain’s Child Soldiers Are Missing Out On Proper Education

For The Guardian on February 26, 2014— “Zoe Williams obscures the context in which army education takes place (Meet the graduates of the mud-crawl challenge, 22 February). Army recruitment materials actively target young teenagers. A child can begin the enlistment process at the age of 15 years and seven months – before they sit their … More Three Accounts of How Britain’s Child Soldiers Are Missing Out On Proper Education

U.N. Report Details Abuse of Children in Syrian War

By SOMINI SENGUPTA for The New York Times on February 4, 2014— “United Nations investigators say in a new report that children in Syria have been sexually abused in government detention, recruited to fight with the opposition, tortured and used as civilian shields. The report, the first to assess the impact of the nearly three-year-old … More U.N. Report Details Abuse of Children in Syrian War

Central African Republic: Over 6,000 Child Soldiers May Be Involved in Fighting, UN Says

Posted by UN News Centre on January 17, 2014— “More than 6,000 child soldiers may now be involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), with their numbers growing as fighting pits community against community in clashes that have taken on increasingly sectarian overtones, the United Nations reported today. Recruitment is happening on … More Central African Republic: Over 6,000 Child Soldiers May Be Involved in Fighting, UN Says