In Chad child soldier use by armed forces and non-state armed groups has been extensive. From 2006, large numbers of children were recruited into the Chadian army to fight against armed opposition groups. The latter also recruited girls and boys extensively and used them to fight in hostilities. In addition, during the Chad-Sudan proxy war (2005-2010), the Chadian government supported Sudanese armed groups recruiting children on its territory.
Although hostilities have now ended and the government has committed to stopping underage recruitment and use, many of the conditions that facilitated it during the armed conflict are unchanged. Recruitment of under-18s by the army continues to occur sporadically and, if conflict erupted again, would almost certainly resume on a large scale.
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