#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: The girl population in different countries where ongoing conflicts and militancy escalations are verified are equally affected and forced to undergo traumatic experiences either by direct participation and recruitment and or by witnessing first hand dangers of the armed conflict:
Spotlight On Use Of Female Child Soldiers: ‘ When we talk about child soldiers usually the imagine that comes to mind is that of young and teenage boys that are forced to join armed conflicts by non-state parties and militant groups. Meanwhile, the experiences of girls victims are largely forgotten and overlooked – though UN data states that 40% of all child soldiers are girls’
April 17, 2021:
Female child soldiers have a distinct disadvantage in particularly after being recruited they continue to face gender inequality, discrimination, systematic sexual violence and rape.
The commodification of girl child soldiers continues in many conflicts- they are often treated as “sexual property” of the associated group that distribute them to militant fighters as “comfort wives” or “rewards” and exchange of interests between non-state armed groups.
Female child soldiers phenomenon has been confirmed in these places including:
- Sri Lanka,
- the Central African Republic,
- South Sudan,
- Syria and Yemen.
Female Child Soldiers are trained and used for highly dangerous activities including:
- In suicide attacks with improvised explosive devices, confirmed data available for countries including Nigeria and Lake Chad basin.
- ISIS and other Islamist militant groups have female-only units trained in tactical weapons use, reported and confirmed data available for Middle East region.
- In Africa, 40% of female child soldiers recruited by combatant and armed groups have and continue to directly engage in hostilities.
- In Europe, countries including Germany, France and others have reported that girls as young as 14 and 15 have let their homes after being recruited online to join jihadist groups, particularly ISIS. Their recruitment often happens via social media and has caused an uproar in the European Union that is struggling to cope with this emerging trend.
- Female child soldiers engaged in front line combat have to compromise in case of their capture by opponents and subjected to barter their sexual services, mutilation, other forms of physical/ psychological abuse, forced prostitution and or marriages. There are confirmed data available of such issues in conflicts including Uganda, Syria, Sudan, CAR and other places.
“Compelled to become instruments of war, to kill and be killed, child soldiers are forced to give violent expression to the hatreds of adults.” – Olara Otunnu Ugandan politician and lawyer
AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Apr.19: 2021:
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