Child Soldiers in Africa

They fight like soldiers, but die as children

The Democratic Republic of Congo's child soldiers epicdemic

The Democratic Republic of Congo child soldier numbers are rapidly increasing, and show no signs of slowing down. The Congolese started recruiting child soldiers in the 20th century, and as of now the Democratic Republic of Congo is in possession of 30,000 child soldiers. Even though children of the DRC join the rebel groups for a more optimistic future, Rebel groups more specifically the Lord's Resistance Army are known for kidnapping children and training them for Warfare. The Lord's Resistance Army's kidnapping strategies are actually quite inhumane; The LRA will enter the village start murdering massive amounts of civilians and take the children to "the bush" and train them. The Lord's Resistance army and the M23 militia group are currently at war for not only food resources but for three sought after minerals such as: Cassiterite, Wolframite, and Colton which are found in all cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices. Gruesome battles have been a part of Africa's history, but two battles that stuck out for the Democratic Republic were the First and Second Congo War. What makes the two battles headline worthy
Kony, M23, and the Real Rebels of Congo

Sierra Leone child soldier tells all

"I was a fighter, and I was fearless." Citizen of Sierra Leone and former child soldier informs a group of reporters from the Kapuskasing Press the horrors he had witnessed through the years of being a child soldier.