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Poverty a ‘pull factor’ for child recruitment, early marriage: UN expert

Poverty and lack of education are pushing boys into joining armed groups and forcing girls to marry way before they should, warns Virginia Gamba, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.  Her latest report documents more than 27,000 i…

Poverty and lack of education are pushing boys into joining armed groups and forcing girls to marry way before they should, warns Virginia Gamba, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.  

Her latest report documents more than 27,000 instances of grave violations against children caught up in war, including use in conflict, killing and maiming, and rape and sexual violence. 

The report also reveals a worrisome rise in attacks against schools, with nearly half carried out by government forces.

Ms. Gamba spoke to UN News’s Felipe De Carvalho about the main drivers of child recruitment and the unique challenges that conflict poses to children and education systems. 


This content originally appeared on UN News - Global perspective Human stories and was authored by Felipe De Carvalho.


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