Recent Data on Child Soldiers

According to UNICEF,  there were about 300,000 child soldiers who were involved in more than 30 conflict zones worldwide in 2003. Another study showed that in the 83 armed conflicts that exploited children as soldiers during the period of 1987-2007,  Africa was a place for 26 of the conflicts (31.3%), Asia had 26 (31.3%), Europe‘s share was 11 (13.3%), the Middle East had 11 (13.3%), North and South America made up the remaining 9 (10.8%)6. To name some of the countries that currently recruit children, they are Burundi, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Nepal, Burma and Afghanistan. Most common entities that recruit children are either the official government forces, or unofficial rebellion groups, or religious groups.

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