Can Congo’s new child-free army bring lasting change?

As Congo's national army removed from UN child soldiers list, we write for IRIN New on progress made and challenges which remainRead more

SNP Youth motion to raise Army recruitment age passes at conference

Youth wing triumphant as party agrees to back campaign to increase enlistment age to 18Read more

Monthly news round-up: CAR signs OPAC: Child soldiers in DRC on the rise; and more...

A selection of stories concerning child soldiers from across the media.Read more

A child’s haunting view of life under the Khmer Rouge

First They Killed My Father reveals life under Pol Pot’s regime and a nuanced picture of Cambodia’s child soldiersRead more

Seeing child soldiers through a child’s eyes

On World Literacy Day, we speak to former child soldier turned author Michel Chikwanine about educating young audiences on the issueRead more

Former girl soldiers in DRC go back to school

For returning girl soldiers in central Africa, education is helping them overcome stigma and community rejectionRead more

Monthly news round-up: Child 'bombs' in Nigeria; Mali frees 9 child soldiers; and more...

A selection of stories concerning child soldiers from across the media.Read more

The novel placing Colombia’s child soldiers centre stage

President Santos declared Colombia's 52-year conflict 'truly over' on 15 August. Now, a new novel puts focus on some of its thousands of child soldiersRead more

“If we didn’t pick up the guns, we would have been killed”

Two decades on from Charles Taylor’s bloody reign as President, we speak with one former child soldier about Liberia’s darkest periodRead more