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Finding a way to stop child recruitment in Afghanistan

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Relief Web/Unicef, 7 October 2014

A recently released United Nations Secretary-General’s report on Children and Armed Conflict highlights issues of serious concern regarding early recruitment of children by all parties to the conflict. The report states that, in 2013, at least 97 boys – some as young as 8 years old – were recruited into armed groups. Children are recruited mainly by armed opposition groups, but also by national security forces.