An estimated 40 percent of child soldiers around the world are girls, many of whom face discrimination and struggle to reintegrate
At least 1,500 child soldiers have been lured into the raging conflict.
A new propaganda video shows off the brutal act.
Here's a challenge for people who think about organizations in 21st-century America: How do we demilitarize our notions of leadership?
In 1954, a single book destroyed the popular notion that children are innocent souls. In that book, a plane of such innocent
Living in Sierra Leone gave me the awareness and adventure I was seeking. It also taught me a particularly chilling lesson: Any one of us can lose our humanity; especially children when they are made vulnerable.
The use of child fighters creates a horrifying dilemma for forces battling the militant group.
We may take a child out of an army, but unless we do more for him -- help him re-enter society, enroll him in a good school, teach him a useful trade -- we have not set him free. Unless we are there to meet them with open arms, open homes and open schools, their wars will never end. And neither will ours.
"We can help turn soldiers into teachers, doctors, and leaders."
Currently, at least 56 groups in 15 conflicts recruit and use child soldiers, and some of these groups increasingly employ tactics of extreme violence in their recruitment strategies, as well as their methods and means of warfare.