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Insight: Acknowledge child soldiers to save Papua’s children

Wamena   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /  09:15 am
Insight: Acknowledge child soldiers to save Papua’s children Children play at sunset at Namatota Island’s dock in Kaimana, West Papua. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Blood Diamond, a 2006 Hollywood blockbuster, depicts how the illicit economic activity to secure diamonds in Sierra Leone involved conflicting domestic and international groups. The film vividly depicts a rebel group abducting children and transforming them into deadly soldiers. In many armed conflicts and civilian wars, children are not only victims but also active participants who likely prolong the conflict. Much scholarly work has scrutinized such phenomena in Africa. However, other areas also have the emerging role of child soldiers in conflicts, although they are less known such as in Papua. The 2018 United Nations annual report on children and armed conflicts exhibits the rise of child soldiers in 17 countries compared to 15 countries in 2013. Most of the child soldiers operate in African and Middle Eastern countries. Studies and reports on the growing number of child sold...

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