No place to hide: Refugees, displaced persons, and child soldier recruits

Vera Achvarina, Simon Reich

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Reports of Taliban recruitment of children as insurgents and possible suicide bombers surfaced in the U.S. media in August 2005 (CNN 2005). Estimates at the time suggested that the insurgent forces in Afghanistan may have comprised up to 8,000 children (IRIN 2003a). To many in the West, this was a surprising revelation, but it should not have been. Children participated in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and had been used as soldiers by the Taliban against Soviet forces in the 1980s.1 Many of the current adult insurgents in Afghanistan came from the ranks of these former child soldiers (Center for Defense Information 2001). News of their use in Afghanistan has only added a new strategic security dimension to the growing list of consequences of the rapidly increasing numbers of child soldiers across the globe.2 No longer does this phenomenon simply represent a moral dilemma or a problem whose consequences are geographically confined to belligerent forces in fragile or failed states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChild Soldiers in the Age of Fractured States
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)082296029X, 9780822960294
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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