Child soldiers are coommon in the Third World.
Non-state armed groups using children include guerrilla movements, paramilitary organizations, ideologically or religiously-driven groups, armed people’s movements, and many other types of military or quasi-military organization.
In 2017 the United Nations identified 14 countries where children were widely used by such groups: Afghanistan, Colombia, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Los Angeles Times:
More than 300 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since civil war began there five years ago. Over 19,000 children are thought to have been recruited by all sides.
The “laying down of the guns” ceremony for 87 girls and 224 boys on Wednesday was the first step in a process that should see at least 700 child soldiers freed in the coming weeks, the United Nations said.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
South Sudan war
Juba, South Sudan
South Sudan (SS) is estimated to have a population of 12.1 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 4.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 2.7 million.