UN hopes to rid conflicts of child soldiers by 2015

The United Nations believes the world is on track to rid national armies of child soldiers by the middle of this decade, writes Bill Corcoran in Cape Town.

14th July, 2012
UN hopes to rid conflicts of child soldiers by 2015
A young militia fighter waiting to hand over bullets at a United Nations disarmament point in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: Getty

The United Nations believes the world is on track to rid national armies of child soldiers by the middle of this decade, the outgoing UN special representative on children in conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, has said.

Coomaraswamy made her claim in an interview after Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga was given a 14-year jail term, which she said sent a "historic" signal to those who used children under the age of 18 as soldiers.

"I think we are...

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