Child Soldiers and Deaths Surge in Mali as Violence Worsens

The number of children forced to join armed groups in Mali has doubled since last year amid worsening jihadist and ethnic violence, the United Nations said Tuesday.In the first six months of 2019, the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, recorded 99 cases of children in Mali being recruited or used by armed groups, often as soldiers, spies, cooks or cleaners, compared to 47 in the same period last year."This is very much a reflection of the deteriorating security situation, in particular in the center of Mali," UNICEF spokeswoman Eliane Luthi told...

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Published By: VOA News Swahili - Tuesday, 13 August

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