7 Countries That Use Child Soldiers

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Many countries continue to use children as soldiers. Multiple African countries use children to keep control of their governments. But this doesn't only happen in Africa. Soldiers under 18 exist on almost every continent.

Somalia (Africa). From 1991 to 2004, around 200,000 children served as soldiers.

Afghanistan (Asia). The Taliban regime plucks children from Islamic religious schools, alters their mentality, and deploys them as suicide bombers or gunmen.

Burma (Asia).Around 70,000 boys serve in the Burma National Army, ready to face combat.

Rwanda (Africa). During the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, militants recruited children to contribute to the destruction and murder of entire communities and ethnic groups.

Bolivia (South America). 40% of the country's army is under 18; half of that percentage being under 16.

United Kingdom (Europe). Children aren’t required to join the army in the United Kingdom. However, with parental consent, a citizen can join as early as 16 and a half years old.

Uganda (Africa). This is the home of Joseph Kony (remember #Kony2012?). Uganda's Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) placed boys into violent gangs for nearly 20 years.



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