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A Kurdish boy who looks no older than 11 mans the entrance of a military base in northeastern Syria.

His pants drag on the ground and his shirt hangs off his bony shoulders as he stands in an ill-fitting military uniform next to a Kalashnikov automatic rifle.

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by Shamindra Ferdinando
 
Tamil civilians protested in Mullaitivu yesterday demanding action against those who abducted children during the conflict.

A group of parents as well as relatives of some child soldiers believed killed during the final phase of the army assault on the LTTE, confronted Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members of parliament near the Mullaitivu Pradeshiya Sabha secretariat during a protest by the latter yesterday.

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German Arms Go into Child Soldiers' Hands

Sunday, 16 February 2014 04:07

Michael D, one of the former soldiers, who is currently living in Berlin told the Voice of Russia that "we were mostly deployed for attacks. We were often the first to be sent into combat and had to dodge the flurry of bullets."

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By Waleed Abu al-Khair

A recent spate of videos showing children and teenagers in Syria attending al-Qaeda-linked training camps has raised alarm among activists and observers, who say this practice by al-Qaeda affiliates Jabhat al-Nusra and the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) exploits children and turns them into fighters.

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“Is this man your father?” one of them asked.

“No, sir,” said Norman.

The soldier raised a large stick.

“Is it your father? Tell me.”

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A recent spate of videos showing children and teenagers in Syria attending al-Qaeda-linked training camps has raised alarm among activists and observers, who say this practice by al-Qaeda affiliates Jabhat al-Nusra and the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) exploits children and turns them into fighters.

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QUEZON CITY, Feb 10 (PIA) -- With the successful signing of the peace negotiations with the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), we must now have serious efforts to address the practice of using children as combatants in armed conflict.

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Whether forced into fighting through fear and abduction or recruited by the attraction of desperately needed money, child soldiers are still locked in battle around the world.

12 February marks The International Day Against The Use Of Child Soldiers, otherwise known as Red Hand Day.

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New lives ahead for DR Congo child soldiers

Friday, 07 February 2014 05:48

The Democratic Republic of Congo is attempting to rehabilitate some of its former child soldiers.

Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger in DR Congo since the 1990s, as armed groups have fought for control of the country's vast natural resources.

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Former warlord Bosco Ntaganda played a "key role" in ethnic crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, using child soldiers and capturing sex slaves for his rebel army, the International Criminal Court heard on Monday.

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