Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Child Soldiers in Africa


More than a third of the world's child soldiers, about 120,000 out of 300,000, are from the government armed forces or armed opposition groups of Africa. Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda are where most child soldiers are recruited. In Angola, recruitment of child soldiers is forced around the capital. In Uganda, homeless children are forced to join the army and sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Child Soldiers are not all boys, but girls, too. In Ethiopia and Uganda, about a third of the child soldiers are girls. http://library.thinkquest.org/07aug/01289/esther1.html

In Africa up to 100,000 children are thought to have been involved in armed conflict last year. The AK-47 is the weapon of choice for child soldiers, as it is light and easy to use but can discharge 600 rounds per minute.
Sierra Leone is a country notorious for its use of child soldiers in its 10-year civil war. Both the government and rebels recruited children. Sangeba was recruited by the rebels..http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4500358.stm


  1. Its sad that children have to go through all of that.

  2. Thats horrible that children have to be a part of that.

  3. It's horrible that this is such a common reality in some parts of the world.

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    1. I accidently deleted my previous comment. I don't know why people involve children in the fights.

  5. when ever i read stories like that really hurts me deeply..