Mexico violence: Controversy over children in militias

Recent images of armed children dressed in fatigues and lined up like soldiers have circulated on Mexican social media.

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    In Mexico, where street violence is routine, few images have the power to shock.

    But a photo of boys as young as eight in fatigues, handling guns in the state of Guerrero has received widespread media coverage.

    They are part of a community police force whose mission is to protect the area.

    One of Mexico’s most violent states, Guerrero registered a total of 16,000 homicides last year.

    Al Jazeera's Manuel Rapalo reports from Mexico City.


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