Child Soilders in African Countries
Child Soilders are forced to fight in the DRC & Sierra Leone
Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country located in the African Great Lakes region of Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the 11th largest in the world. It has a population of over 75 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world. The Second Congo War, beginning in 1998, is also called the "African world war" because it involved nine African nations and twenty armed groups. There was the signing of peace accords in 2003 but fighting continued in the east of the country in 2007. There was alot of rape and other sexual violence and has been called the worst in the world. 5.4 million people were killed. More than 90% were not killed in combat, dying instead from malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition. Forty seven percent of those deaths were children under five.
Flag of DRC
Population in the DRC is 65.71 million as of 2012. (27.5 million under 18)
Map of the Democratic Republic of Congo
This picture shows the location of the DRC.
The Democratic Republic of Congo recruited almost 10,000 Children. Early in 2003 the Congolese authorities said that about 30,000 child soldiers were awaiting demobilization.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is now home to more than a dozen militant groups, factions of the national army, and scores of rebel combatants.
Child Soilders in Sierra Leone
Thousands of children were recruited and used during the conflict in Sierra Leone including the RUF, the AFRC, and the pro-government CDF. Children were usually forcibly recruited, given drugs and used to commit violent crimes. Thousands of girls were also recruited as soldiers and often subjected to sexual exploitation. Many of the children were survivors of village attacks, while others were found abandoned. They were used for patrol purposes, attacking villages, and guarding workers in the diamond fields.
Africas Civil Wars - Sierra Leone - Documentary - 18+ not for children !!