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UN Report On Child Soldiers: Burma Is the Worst Offender Among Nations - 2004-06-03


A United Nations report says Burma is the worst offender among nations who use child soldiers, with nearly 80,000 underage combatants in the country.

The report, released by the UN Children's Fund, says some 300,000 children worldwide are being used as soldiers, messengers, cooks, and sex slaves. It said the number of underage soldiers has doubled over the past eight years.

The report said the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Liberia, and Angola were among the worst offenders after Burma -- with between 11 and 30,000 child soldiers each.

The list also included Indonesia, Israel, Nepal, Northern Ireland, the Palestinian territories, and the Philippines.

Information for this report is provided by UN wires.

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