Myanmar is a beautiful country torn apart by economic strife and ethnic conflicts. In the middle of all this, young children are being recruited and used as soldiers.
The Myanmar state army – the Tatmadaw – has discharged 176 child soldiers since September 2012 as part of the Joint Action Plan between the government and the UN in June the same year.
This plan is aimed at preventing the Tatmadaw from enlisting and using underage recruits, as well as identifying, releasing and reintegrating these children. The government has also agreed to facilitate processes seeking to end child recruitment by non-state armed groups, mainly persistent perpetrators such as the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), and the Karen National Liberation Army-Peace Council (KNLA PC)1.
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