The Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in Burma
November 1, 2007

Based on an investigation in Burma, Thailand and China, this 135-page report found that Burmese military recruiters target children in order to meet unrelenting demands for new recruits due to continued army expansion, high desertion rates and a lack of willing volunteers. Non-state armed groups, including ethnic-based insurgent groups, also recruit and use child soldiers, though in far smaller numbers. Military recruiters and civilian brokers receive cash payments and other incentives for each new recruit, even if the recruit clearly violates minimum age or health standards.

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ISBN: C1915