Child soldiers double in CAR conflict

Poverty, displacement and increase in armed groups bring number of underage troops to 3,500 in war-torn African nation.

    The UN estimates that the number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic has almost doubled in the last year.

    It says more than 150 children have been released, but that there are still about 3,500 child soldiers in the country.

    Poverty, displacement and an increase in armed groups mean children are more vulnerable to recruitment.

    Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri reports from the capital, Bangui.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.