posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 05:36 PM
"With new weapons that are lightweight and easy to fire, children are more easily armed, with less training than ever before. Worldwide, more than
half a million children under-18 have been recruited into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia and a wide variety of non-state armed
groups in more than 85 countries. At any one time, more than 300,000 of these children are actively fighting as soldiers with government armed forces
or armed political groups.
Often recruited or abducted to join armies, many of these children - some younger than 10 years old - have witnessed or taken part in acts of
unbelievable violence, often against their own families or communities. Such children are exposed to the worst dangers and the most horrible
suffering, both psychological and physical. What is more, they are easily manipulated and encouraged to commit grievous acts, which they are often
unable to comprehend. Many girl soldiers are expected to provide sexual services as well as to fight."