West and Central Africa recruits more children into conflict

west and central africa recruits more children into conflict
west and central africa recruits more children into conflict

“The number of children being recruited into conflict is increasing in West and Central Africa,” the United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

UNICEF has released a report stating that armed organizations from Mali to the Democratic Republic of Congo are employing children as combatants, spies, chefs, cleaners, guards, and porters.

Between 2016 and 2020, the United Nations found that 21,000 youngsters were recruited by armed forces and non-state armed organizations in the region.

UNICEF estimates that there will be 4,592 confirmed cases in 2020, up from 3,947 in 2016.

The number of child victims of sexual abuse and kidnappings in West and Central Africa peaked in the same period, according to UNICEF, and the region ranked second globally.

“We don’t want to be included in any of these lists. Moreover, these are only incidents that the United Nations was able to verify; the actual number of grave violations is far greater “Karin Heissler, UNICEF’s Regional Chief of Child Protection in Geneva, emphasized as much at a press conference.

In the Sahel and Lake Chad basin, there are Islamist insurgencies; in Cameroon, there is a separatist struggle; and in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are militia clashes.

According to Burkina Faso’s authorities, youngsters between the ages of 12 and 14 carried out the June massacre that killed more than 130 people.

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