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250,000 child soldiers

9 November, 2009

Credit: Pierre Holtz, UNICEF CAR

Credit: Pierre Holtz, UNICEF CAR

“Ferocious conflicts in Gaza, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Afghanistan have led to high casualty rates and the displacement of a large number of people, especially children,”  Radhika Coomaraswamy, United Nations special representative for children and armed conflict, has said.

Coomaraswamy, who presented the annual report to the member states of the UN Human Rights Council,  highlighted that it had been a terrible year for youngsters affected by war, according to World News.

The number of child soldiers is estimated at 250,000 compared to 300,000 five years ago according to Coomaraswamy.

This figure comes just weeks before the UN marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.