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There are now 30 countries reported to be home to 300,000 child soldiers, including Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Congo, Mali, Myanmar and the Philippines.As the number of conflicts rise around the world, so does the number of children forced to fight in them. Child soldiers were first used in the Vietnam war, and then as suicide bombers in the Israel-Palestine conflict.Myanmar, on the other hand, has the largest number of child soldiers, where underage soldiers make up some 20 percent of the army, according to Human Rights Watch.In the war in Afghanistan, many children have also been forced to fight.Child-soldiers in Syria, which is in its sixth year of civil war, are now considered almost normal. There are currently 16,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, and one-third of the soldiers in Yemen are known to be children.Another country where children are abducted and forced to be child-soldiers is the Central African Republic. What is more, the awareness of the public, including families and children in those countries facing the problem of child soldiers, should be raised through educational seminars as a precautionary measure.
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