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Around the world today, children are not only the victims of war, but also the participants. At any one time, more than 250,000 girls and boys under the age of 18 are fighting in armed conflicts. These young soldiers are part of government forces and armed opposition groups in more than 30 locations worldwide. And while many child soldiers are between the ages of 15 and 18, some are as young as 7 years old.

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TOP: Adolescent boys wearing civilian clothes walk away from the weapons they once carried as child soldiers after being evacuated from a combat zone in Sudan. More than 2,500 former child soldiers have been airlifted out of conflict zones in Sudan and brought to safe areas where rehabilitation and family-tracing programmes are now underway. Ranging in age from 8 to 18 years, the children were demobilized from military camps run by the rebel Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA). According to the latest report from the
the UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Sudan (2006), there are an still thousands of child soldiers in various armed groups throughout Sudan.