Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka

Human rights groups accused Sri Lanka’s government of cooperating with militant groups who are kidnapping children to have fight, according to CSMonitor. The average age of a Tamil Tiger child soldier is 16, according to UNICEF. It is reported that children as young as 11 have been kidnapped.

Many minors also join the government military, though the minimum age is said to be 18. The monthly wage of a soldier with a minimum eighth grade education in the government forces is $160, about twice as much as a civilian machine worker who graduated high school.

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One Response to “Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka”

  1. Crystal Smith Says:

    The issue of child soldiers needs more awareness with the public in order to get more support and eventually be eradicated. Thank you for helping!

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