What country has the highest number of child soldiers?

Go ahead and guess before reading further.

I received the letter below, a couple days ago. And as you are reading, if you are tempted to say at one point, “well at least they were close,” here is a quick geography lesson.

Burma Location

If the picture is not helping, Burma is in Asia not Africa. :) Now here is the letter:

Most Child Soldiers in the World: Burma

Video By Damian Marley

Dear Friends,

Pop quiz: What country has more child soldiers than any other country in the world?

We have traveled on speaking tours asking this question, and usually the answer sounds something like this: “Somewhere in Africa?”

Actually, the answer is Burma.

Today we are releasing a new video from musician Damian Marley to help explain this to the world.

Burma’s dictator Than Shwe has recruited up to 70,000 child soldiers, as young as age eleven.  Some of these innocent kids are rounded up and forced into uniform at gunpoint, while others are lured into the Burmese military with promises of money and prestige.  The children are then forced to carry out human rights abuses against their own people.  In our interviews with child soldiers who have escaped, they recount how children are told by their military superiors that if they try to escape they will be beaten or killed.

As Damian says in his video, “Fighting a war is not child’s play.”

We are building a campaign of millions of people throughout the world for human rights and democracy in Burma.  Please forward this video to as many of your friends and family as possible and urge them to sign up today (for free) at www.uscampaignforburma.org

We have also released 27 previous videos about Burma over the past 27 days from stars including Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, and many more.  You can watch them all at www.burmaitcantwait.org

Sincerely,
Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, and Thelma Young

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma.

Become a member of the United States Campaign for Burma today.

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4 Responses to What country has the highest number of child soldiers?

  1. i am doing a study/project on child soldiers in burma. i am curious to where you are getting these estimates for the amount of child soldiers. what are some good resources here to look deeper into this awful institution?

  2. I was interested in seeing what country had to use children to fight for there freedom, may god bless them and help them change there ways of recruiting.

  3. people say that africa has the most child soldier but africa is a continent not a country.Burma (known as myanmar)has the most child soldier .it’s true.

  4. Subhannalah children army at age eleven no its not proper

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