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Child Soldiers
It is estimated that well over 300,000 children are currently fighting in wars or have recently been demobilized. As the same time, the number of children emerging from these traumatic circumstances has dramatically increased.
At a Glance
Former child soldiers are in the need of concrete plans for reintegration and rehabilitation into their communities.
  • 300K
    There are approximately 250,000 – 300,000 child soldiers in the world today.
  • 40%
    Approximately forty percent of child soldiers today are girls.
  • 18
    Child soldiers are used in at least 18 countries all across the globe.
  • 100K
    More than 100,000 child soldiers have demobilized in the last twenty years.

Alone and Frightened: the voices of former child soldiers

In the discussions about disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of children used as soldiers, the voices and perspectives of former child soldiers themselves have too often and too long been ignored. We invite you to read the Alone and Frightened report below which documents and highlights the perspectives of former child soldiers in Uganda who conducted over 150 peer-to-peer interviews to restore their voices, insights and aspirations to the discussion.