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Up to 250'000 child soldiers worldwide

Secured Pay it, there are explained the children's charity of the United Nations on Monday. On the occasion of the world day against the use of child soldiers on Tuesday it called on the governments to do more "to end the serious children's rights violation".

"children are not soldiers. They may be used in the Wars of adults," said the managing Director of Unicef in Germany, Christian Schneider.

"list of shame"

In some 20 countries or conflicts, the most serious people would have committed violations against children such as the recruitment of child soldiers, but also the killing and maiming of children and attacks on schools and hospitals, it was stated in the Unicef report.

On to the UN "list of shame" are in the 50 armies and armed groups, proven to recruit children as soldiers. Especially many girls and boys needs to be according to Unicef, of the various parties to the conflict in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Somalia, Syria and Yemen for their purposes. Also in Afghanistan, Mali or Myanmar girls and boys were used as child soldiers or helpers of armed groups.

Not all child soldiers were used to Fight, said the children's charity. Many would work as the scout, Ambassador, or carrier, would have to cook or collect fire wood.

Some of the girls were forced to be married with fighters, and girls as well as boys were sexually abused. In extreme cases, children would need shields as a ""live protection" to" miss or be forced to blow themselves up in crowded places, even in the air.

the mainly Islamist militias such as Al-Shebab, the Taliban, the Islamic state (IS) and Boko Haram recruited according to Unicef targeted children and young people for their own purposes – often across national borders.

Problem was, but often the handling of the security forces, with children and young people, who were imprisoned because of their - actual or perceived - belonging to an armed group, and partly abused. Unicef called on the forthcoming "Red Hand Day" with red hand-against the use of children's fingerprints to put soldiers On 12. February 2002 the optional Protocol to the UN rights of the child Convention on the prohibition of the use of children as soldiers. Up to him today, 168 States have joined. (nag/sda)

Created: 11.02.2019, 13:35 PM

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