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Child soldiers

  1. 1. Key facts and statistics Places where we found child about child soldiers: soldiers to be most common: •Th e r e a r e a n e s t i ma t e d 2 5 0 , 0 0 0 c hi l d -Chad -Republic of Congo s ol di e r s i n t h e wo r l d t o d a y. -Somalia -Sudan -Burundi •I t i s e s t i ma t e d t h a t 4 0 % o f c h i l d s o l d i e r s a r e gi r l s . -Colombia –Liberia -Myanmar -Uganda • Gi r l s a r e o ft e n u s e d a s “ wi ve s ” ( s e x s l a ve s ) o f t h e ma l e s . •R e b e l gr o u p s ma y u s e c h i l d s o l d i e r s t o fi gh t t h e go ve r n m e n t , b u t s o me go ve r n me n t s a l s o u s e d c h i l d r e n i n a r me d c o n fl i c t . •N o t a l l c h i l d r e n t a ke p a r t i n a c t i ve c o mb a t . S o me a r e a l s o u s e d a s p o r t e r s , c o o ks a n d s p i e s . •As p a r t o f t h e i r r e c r u i t me n t , s o me c h i l d r e n a r e fo r c e d t o ki l l o r ma i m a fa mi l y me mb e r , b r e a ki n g t h e b o n d s wi t h t h e i r c o mmu n i t y a n d ma ki n g i t d i ffi c u l t fo r t h e m t o r e t u r n h o me . What happens to child soldiers after What are the effects on children? war?  Drug dependencies  Rape How are child soldiers recruited?  Physical scars  Beheadings  Psychologically damage  Amputations as punishment• Some of them are abducted from  Teen pregnancy  Lack of education or survival skills their homes and forced to become  Lack of education soldiers.  Family rejection How can I make a difference?• A village may be forced to provide a certain numbers of children soldiers • Adopt a child from a child soldier in order to be safe from attacks. Why use children as soldiers? country• Some children are volunteered by  Easier brainwash • Learn where your aid money is their parents due extreme poverty.  Don’t eat much going• In some rare cases children  Don’t cost much • Visit helpchildsoldiers.com volunteer to join the fight because of  Underdeveloped sense of danger ideological reasons or to avenge the  Due at their size they’re sent into battle death of their family. as scouts, or in the first wave. Esperanza Barajas & Atty Garfinkel December 2011,

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