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Published on March 17th, 2011 | by George Wyngaardt

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Child Soldier of War

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No child should ever fight the wars of their countries, nor should they ever have to live in such fear. But the truth is that millions are doing just that every day, there lives are lost and their innocence is never returned. Children, who never had a doll or a video game, but know how to load a Kalashnikov and shot to kill. An estimated 300,000 or more child soldiers are actively fighting in at least 30 countries around the world, according to both Amnesty International and UNICEF. Deplorably they are not alone for there millions more fighting in states not currently engaged in a war (Insight on the News). Africa has the largest number of child solders, I’ve seen figures from 100,000 – 200,000, but the true number will never be known. “It is estimated that 43 percent (157 of 366) of all armed organizations in the world use child soldiers, 90 percent of whom see battle. In the last decade, more than 2 million children have been killed in combat, a rate of some 500 per day” (Teach Kids Peace)
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