Child Soldiers

'Beasts of No Nation' Shines a Light on the Brutal Reality of Child Soldiers

Sam Slota-Newson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sam Slota-Newson

On Wednesday I watched Beasts of No Nation, the visceral, immersive and harrowing story of Agu a child soldier. The film, released on Friday on Netflix, is unapologetic in its brutality and realism and compels us to respond.

Jessica Elgot

Rape, Rockets And Child Soldiers: Pictures Reveal Grim Tales Of Kids At War | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

When a group of ISIS militia knocked on the door of one Iraqi family in the captured city of Mosul, the father knew he did not have the cash to pay th...

Don't Forget Child Soldiers - They Are Still on the Front Line

Sarah Dean | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sarah Dean

12 February marks The International Day Against The Use Of Child Soldiers, otherwise known as Red Hand Day. It's an annual commemoration of children around the world caught in conflict but should also act as a reminder that this is a problem that is far from over.

Boy, 4, Fires Rifle, Warns ‘Infidels Are Going To Be Slaughtered'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK

Horrifying footage from Syria appears to show a young child being shown how to hold and shoot an assault rifle, before warning "infidels" they are "go...

Blair Urges West To Intervene In Syria

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics

The cost paid by the West for not getting involved in the conflict in Syria could be higher than that of intervening in the civil war, Tony Blair has ...

WATCH: Five-Year-Olds Shout 'God Is Great' As They Train In Al Qaeda Terror Camp

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK

Calling out praise for Allah, this disturbing video shows children as young as five firing weapons at an Al Qaeda terror camp. Jolting backwards f...

Syrian Conflict Suffers Bloodiest Month Yet

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK

The Syrian conflict entered its bloodiest month in March, with more than 6,000 people killed, including more than 500 women and children, according to...

Syria Uprising: Ahmed, Seven-Year-Old Son Of Rebel Fighter Stands Guard With AK-47 & Cigarette (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK

Puffing on a cigarette, with an AK-47 rifle slung casually on his shoulders, this seven-year-old Syrian boy’s childhood appears well and truly over....

Jessica Elgot

Children In Combat, Summary Executions And A 'Hole Of Death' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK

Human rights campaigners have warned that Syrian opposition fighters are conducting summary killings, using child soldiers, sectarian violence and com...

War Child - Have We Stopped Listening

A.J. Higginson | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK
A.J. Higginson

Many actually consider that Africa is a wilderness where there will never be peace. It is also deemed that Africa's children are doomed to live a pitiful existence on earth because it is their 'lot' in life. Up to half of the world's child soldiers are in Africa. Many of these children are abducted at ages as young as 10 or 11 years old, some even younger.

My Human Rights Wish-List

Benedict Rogers | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK
Benedict Rogers

In his superb article 'A Human Rights Wish-list for 2013', Jack Healey encouraged us to chose our own wish-list. I have taken up that suggestion.

The Scandal of Child Soldiers in Africa Must Stop

Evgeny Lebedev | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK
Evgeny Lebedev

While my travels meant I'd heard of the Central African Republic - unlike many people in the West - and I knew of the huge problem of child soldiers in the region, it was truly eye-opening and enlightening to see the situation up close, particularly the brave work of the UNICEF workers risking their lives to negotiate their release. Thousands of children in the country, out of a population of only 5million, have been abducted, tricked or coerced into fighting.

Syrian Children 'Raped, Enlisted As Soldiers And Used As Human Shields'

PA | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK

No child is safe from the bloody conflict in Syria amid reports of the "shocking" scale of brutality against youngsters. War Child said young Syria...

Kony 2012: Invisible Children Documentary Sheds Light On Uganda Conflict (VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK

A documentary detailing the ongoing conflict in Uganda and the plight of child soldiers has become a viral hit. Entitled Kony 2012, it is named a...