Mia Clarke

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Britain's child soldiers are missing out on a proper education

Zoe Williams obscures the context in which army education takes place (Meet the graduates of the mud-crawl challenge, 22 February). Army recruitment materials actively target young teenagers. A child can begin the enlistment process at the age of 15 years and seven months – before they sit their …

Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children: Rwanda's horrific legacy of genocide – video

As Rwanda prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide, Alexandra Topping meets six young people whose optimism offers hope of a brighter future<p>Published: 3 Apr 2014<p>Survivors of the slaughter were described as the lucky ones but many, haunted by the memories, found it difficult to move …

Syria rebel groups recruit child soldiers, says rights watchdog

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the start of Syria's civil unrest, Omar would rally against the government alongside his schoolmates, later taking to the streets in his hometown of Salqin.<p>Two years later, at the age of 14, he became a child soldier, training to join the ranks of rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra. He learned …

A Former Child Soldier Imagines 'Tomorrow' In Sierra Leone

Ishmael Beah was just barely a teenager when his town became engulfed in Sierra Leone's civil war in the mid-1990s. In his 2007 memoir, <i>A Long Way Gone</i>, Beah describes how, after he lost his parents and brothers to the conflict, he wandered the countryside with a band of boys and was recruited as a …

‘War Witch’ Filmmaker Kim Nguyen on Africa’s Child Soldiers

War Witch, in theaters today, is a gripping tale of a female child soldier in Africa. Director Kim Nguyen talks about filming in war-torn Congo, the …

Watch: Syrian Children Talk About Life As Child Soldiers

Before the ongoing conflict in Syria began in early 2011, Majed, 16, used to farm tomatoes in the fields near his hometown of Inkhil, Daraa, in the …

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