Recruiting Child Soldiers: Why Children Fight in Wars

Author: Victor Mobley, Intl. Affairs, Published on: 20 July 2008

The existence of child soldiers will not come to an end until the world attacks the root causes: poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and social has become too easily for a young child to become a well-trained killing machine. The portability of modern weapons like the AK-47, the patrimonial society that neglects and ostracizes children and drives them to violence as a means of empowerment, and even outside pressure such as the European support for bloody diamond wars in Africa all play roles in creating an environment ripe for the creation of child soldiers.

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