Child soldier recruits double in one year in Middle East and North Africa

Topic Selected: War and Conflict

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Report claims 28 million children living in countries at war are now in need of humanitarian help as families struggle to cope amid the chaos and violence.

By Karen McVeigh

The number of children recruited to fight in conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa has more than doubled in a year, UN analysis has found. The huge increase in child soldiers in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and other countries follows years of ongoing violence, displacement and a lack of basic services, which has reduced the coping mechanisms of families, according to Unicef...

 

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