Since the turn of the century, Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced the fastest growing rate of child soldiers. Consider the following statistics:

  • An estimated 60 percent of child soldiers in Africa are fourteen years old and under (Singer 2006: 29);
  • In Uganda the average age of personnel in armed forces is 12.9 (Singer 2006: 29);
  • Since 1990, two million children have been killed in armed conflict, the equivalent of five hundred per day for ten years (Singer 2005).

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