Recruiting youth and child soldiers – from Africa to Manchester

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Rupen Savoulian

In the previous article, we looked at the use and simplistic portrayal of child soldiers in conflicts around the world. In this article, we examine the historical issues, and look at the contemporary problems of child soldiering.

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The use of child soldiers is nothing new in Western societies

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Rupen Savoulian

While we condemn militias in non-Western societies for recruiting child soldiers, the deployment of child soldiers is nothing new in the West.

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Huthi forces recruiting child soldiers for front-line combat in Yemen

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Amnesty International

New evidence has emerged of how the Huthi armed group is actively recruiting boys as young as 15 to fight as child soldiers on the front lines of the conflict in Yemen, said human rights NGO Amnesty International after speaking to the families of three boys targeted by the appalling practice which violates international law.

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‘I was forced to kill my best friend’, former DRC child soldier says

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Lin Taylor

It was during an ordinary game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited into the army.

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Colombia child soldiers reluctant to leave FARC ‘family’

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Anastasia Moloney

The release of scores of child soldiers from Colombia’s FARC rebel group is a top priority, but some are reluctant to leave because they fear an uncertain future away from the insurgents they view as family, a guerrilla commander said.

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UN envoy welcomes Yemen truce, says difficult compromises needed

Women walk on a bridge in the old quarter of Yemen's capital Sanaa

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Lou Charbonneau and William Maclean

The United Nations special envoy for Yemen welcomed the start of a tentative truce in the country’s year-old conflict on Monday and said peace talks due to start later this month would require difficult compromises for all sides.

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