Child Soldiers (Global Issue)

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Child Soldiers (Global Issue) by Mind Map: Child Soldiers (Global Issue)

1. who

1.1. children who are poor, displaced from their families, have limited access to education, or live in a combat zone are more likely to be forcibly recruited

1.2. paramilitary militias are normally the ones in charge of the groups of child soldiers

1.3. rebel groups

1.4. Government forces

2. what

2.1. child soldiers are any children under the age of 18 who are recruited by a state or non-state armed group and used as..

2.1.1. fighters

2.1.2. for sexual purposes

2.1.3. cooks

2.1.4. suicide bombers

2.1.5. human shields

2.1.6. messengers

2.1.7. spies

3. when

3.1. first used as the Hitler Youth during WWll

4. where

4.1. Burundi

4.1.1. more than half of Burundi’s population is under eighteen, and the minimum legal age for military recruitment is sixteen children as young as ten have played a significant role in the conflict

4.2. Colombia

4.2.1. 14,000 children, or “little bees” as they are known to the paramilitaries, serve in combat, make and deploy mines, and gather intelligence

4.3. Liberia

4.4. Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

4.5. Myanmar

4.5.1. tens of thousands of children are believed to comprise as much as 35 percent to 45 percent of combatants

4.6. Uganda

5. how

5.1. many

5.1.1. 300,000 children are believed to be combatants in some thirty conflicts worldwide

6. why

6.1. increase military size

6.2. free labour

6.3. children are easily manipulated

7. sources