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Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

The Shocking Story of the Child Soldiers - Comments

Just old enough to get their finger round a trigger, they are sent to kill or be killedThe United Nations has released a report, Children in Armed Conflict, in which it is stated that children are often deliberately killed or maimed to serve as a deterrent to others who consider deserting. In some cases, children had their limbs hacked off with machetes, in others, girls are raped and tortured before being forced into prostitution, incurring a rate of AIDS/HIV infection "three to four times higher than those among local populations" according to the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS.

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