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last updated 19-Aug-2020
  News articles, special reports, and research documents related to what we deem is a critical global security issue: child soldiers.  


Ahmed, the eight-year-old boy on the front line of Syria's civil war. It is one of the most shocking images from the Syrian war. An eight-year-old boy draws deeply on a cigarette, the small fingers of his other hand clutching a an AK-47 rifle that balances awkwardly against his chest. The Telegraph, March 30, 2013: TEXT | VIDEO

Mali’s Islamic radicals recruiting child soldiers at schools. Young recruits appear to be part of the strategy of MUJAO, or Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa. By Krista Larson (AP), Washington Times, February 23, 2013: TEXT

Annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy. UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Twenty-first session, A/HRC/21/38, June 28, 2012 (PDF): click here




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