World Vision International
publication • Monday, February 4th 2019

No Choice: It takes a world to end the use of child soldiers

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The recruitment and use of child soldiers steals the future of children, and of nations. It is one of the most serious violations of children's rights. Globally, the UN documented nearly 10,000 cases of child recruitment in 2017 and identified 61 parties to conflict in over 20 countries still using children as soldiers. This practice must end. 
World Vision works with former child soldiers to help support reintegration and recovery, and with children, families and communities to protect children from recruitment in the first place. This report, 'No Choice', proposes solutions to end child recruitment. It is based on research commissioned by World Vision to understand how to prevent child recruitment, especially for those children who are so surrounded by hardship that joining an armed force or group seems like the least bad of only terrible choices. 
World Vision commissioned research by Child Frontiers International, 'No Choice', to better understand children associate with armed groups. Featuring primary and secondary research from Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Condo, Iraq and South Sudan, this research helps us understand who  joins and why, by lifting up the voices and experiences of girls and boys from these countries. Read what they have to say, and see how you can play a part in advocating to prevent and end child recruitment.