Child Soldiers In Africa

Problems African Children Face


An increasing number of Somali children are being recruited by the Somali armed forces or militia groups in violation of international law civil society activists have warned. Children as young as 8 to 9 are joining militias in greater numbers than at any time in the past a Somali civil society group told IRIN (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) they are being recruited at an alarming rate. There are 700,000-800,000 displaced children roughly half of the total number of displaced according to UNICEF. Children as young as 10 years old increasingly face horrific abuse in Somalia as the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has targeted them to grow its decreasing ranks of fighters. Most of these kids were recruited by promises of gifts like mobile phones. Others say are kidnapped.


Somalia: Child Soldiers

Uganda At War

Currently there are approximately 300,000 child soldiers in the world roughly 40% are in Africa to keep its ongoing conflicts. Uganda contributes to these high numbers as they continue their war in Uganda. Past Ugandan recruitment methods have failed to fully address the issue of child soldiers.The DRC continues their recruitment of child soldiers mostly unbalanced. Sadly the war over Uganda has been deemed as “a war fought by children on children” as children account for approximately 90% of the congo forces.No fewer than 50% of these recruits are girls and boys between the ages of 11–16.

In Uganda, Former Child Soldiers Struggle to Overcome Horrors of War

Congo Child Soldiers

2014 More than 6,000 child soldiers may now be involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic with their numbers growing as fighting pits community against community in fights that have taken on increasingly. Recruitment is happening on all sides with reasons including poverty despair desire for revenge and the lack of options for children.Thousands of people in DRC are estimated to have been killed nearly 1 million driven from their homes and 2.2 million about half the population need aid in a conflict which started out when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago.
Child soldiers fighting in the DRC