Child soldiers

Kidnapped by ISIS, brainwashed and turned into a child soldier: A Yazidi’s story

By Jennifer Bell A former child soldier for ISIS has told Al Arabiya how he was kidnapped and recruited into the terrorist organization, revealing he was forced to convert to Islam and watch videos of brutal murders to train him…

COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day

More children could be pushed into the joining armed forces and armed groups due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, senior United Nations and European Union (EU) officials said on International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, observed…

Junior Nzita, ex child soldier: defeat the evil with the good

The foundation „die schwelle“ in Bremen, Germany, has declared Junior Nzita to one of its laureates of the Bremen Peace Price. Nzita is a former child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and today he is a honorary…

South Sudan: Hundreds of Children Recruited into Armed Groups

Human Wrongs Watch Reporting that 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since January, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCEF) on 19 August 2016 called for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of…

Girl Soldiers Freed

Human Wrongs Watch Up to 250 child soldiers including four girls, one as young as nine, were released in South Sudan from an armed group, the Cobra Faction. Another 400 are being released in the coming days, according to UNICEF. New…

Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers by national armed forces

The United Nations today welcomed the release of 24 children by Myanmar’s armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, and called for the acceleration of discharges in line with the commitment made last year by the Government to end child rights…