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Child Soldiers

‘We Have Known Men’: Former Girl Soldiers Suffer Stigma Back Home

Women & Girls Hub | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.03.2017 | Home

An estimated 40 percent of child soldiers around the world are girls, many of whom face discrimination and struggle to reintegrate into their communit...

Boys As Young As 15 Are Being Recruited For Front-Line Combat In Yemen

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.28.2017 | Home

Houthi rebels are using religious centers as venues to recruit children as young as 15 to fight on the front lines of Yemen’s war, a new report from...

ISIS Claims To Use Foreign Child Soldiers To Execute Prisoners

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home

Five children appear to shoot prisoners to death in a new video released by the self-described Islamic State. The video identifies the kids as British...

Which Way to the Front?

Leigh Hafrey | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
Leigh Hafrey

Here's a challenge for people who think about organizations in 21st-century America: How do we demilitarize our notions of leadership?

The Children's Crusade

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Home
John Feffer

We adults can bewail the use of child soldiers by all those thuggish brigades around the world. But as in The Lord of the Flies, those young people are just enacting the savageries of their elders. They are both victims and perpetrators.

If You Plant Rice, You Get Rice

Betsy Small Campbell | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Betsy Small Campbell

Living in Sierra Leone gave me the awareness and adventure I was seeking. It also taught me a particularly chilling lesson: Any one of us can lose our humanity; especially children when they are made vulnerable.

A Shocking Number Of Kids Are Fighting And Dying For ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.19.2016 | Home

The so-called Islamic State group is recruiting children and sending them to die on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq at an “increasing and unprece...

Securing a Future for Child Soldiers

Forest Whitaker | Posted 02.12.2017 | Home
Forest Whitaker

We may take a child out of an army, but unless we do more for him -- help him re-enter society, enroll him in a good school, teach him a useful trade -- we have not set him free. Unless we are there to meet them with open arms, open homes and open schools, their wars will never end. And neither will ours.

Hollywood Star Forest Whitaker Is On A Quest To End The Use Of Child Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.12.2016 | Home

Forest Whitaker is known to many as a gifted actor who brought poise and gravitas to hit Hollywood movies like "The Great Debaters" and "The Butler." ...

15 Years of Work on Child Soldiers: Where We've Come and Where We Need to Go

Eva Smets | Posted 02.11.2017 | Impact
Eva Smets

Currently, at least 56 groups in 15 conflicts recruit and use child soldiers, and some of these groups increasingly employ tactics of extreme violence in their recruitment strategies, as well as their methods and means of warfare.

How Children Are Forced To The Front Lines Of Yemen's War

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.07.2017 | Home

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Julien Harneis, UNICEF's re...

Send Dominic Ongwen of the Lords Resistance Army Home for Real Justice

Travis Rejman | Posted 01.22.2017 | Home
Travis Rejman

Major General Ongwen was a notoriously brutal top commander who spent his entire adult life in the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) which terrorized communities in Northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

No Child's Play: How Kids Are Fighting One Another In The Iraq Conflict

Christoph Wilcke | Posted 10.30.2016 | Home
Christoph Wilcke

Of course, it is generally known that Islamic State (ISIS) engages in the practice, but they are not the only ones: Iraqi Shia militias fighting ISIS alongside Iraqi government forces are also using kids.

A Former Child Soldier Shares His Story In New Graphic Novel

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.15.2015 | Home

Michel Chikwanine was 5 years old when rebel militiamen kidnapped him from a soccer field near his school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had ...

Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

In Russia, thousands of government-funded clubs are producing what is called "military-patriotic education" for children. Accepting both boys and girls, these clubs teach them military exercises, some of which employ heavy military equipment.

After Release by Armed Groups, Children Learn to Be Children

Donaig Le Du | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Donaig Le Du

Starting a new life is never easy, especially when you are a child, still living in a camp for internally displaced persons, and when you have witnessed - or done - what no human being should ever have to experience.

The Child Veterans of South Sudan Want to Know: Will Americans Support Them?

Nick Turse | Posted 06.04.2016 | Home
Nick Turse

Year after year, President Obama provided waivers to sidestep the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act, by which Congress prohibited the U.S. from providing military assistance to governments filling out their ranks with children.

Over 350 Child Soldiers In Central African Republic Released From Captors

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact

Peace talks between governing bodies, aid organizations and armed groups in Central African Republic have led to a historic number of children being f...

The Plight of Children in Armed Conflict

Nausheen Khan | Posted 05.13.2016 | Impact
Nausheen Khan

It was an ordinary Tuesday for most of us in the world, but for the children of Central African Republic (CAR), the decision taken on this day will have a significant impact on the direction that their lives take in the future. Or simply put, it will mean that they actually have a future.

Escaping War Saved My Life. Song and Dance Saved My Soul.

Okello Kelo Sam | Posted 05.07.2016 | Arts
Okello Kelo Sam

Whenever I feel a darkness creep into my soul, I sing, dance and play music on the adungu, a traditional hand-held harp of northern Uganda. It always works, the darkness recedes. Art is my detox.

ISIS Has Reportedly Created Hundreds Of Child Soldiers

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2015 | Home

BEIRUT, March 24 (Reuters) - Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of ...

Why ISIS Is Increasingly Using Kids As 'Cubs Of The Caliphate'

Mia Bloom | Posted 05.23.2015 | Home
Mia Bloom

ISIS has been operating from the pedophile's playbook.

Colombia: ICC Preliminary Examination Report and Peace Negotiations

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 04.13.2015 | Home
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

In December 2014, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) published its annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. This report includes information on Colombia and Honduras, among others

UN: ISIS Reportedly Crucified, Buried Children Alive In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 04.06.2015 | Home

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, a...

Sophia Jones

Escaped Syrian Child Soldier: 'Don't Join ISIS'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.02.2015 | Home

An escaped Islamic State child soldier in Sanliurfa, Turkey, shows the scar on his neck to a reporter on Jan. 27. He says a bullet grazed his neck dur...