According to the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers in the Child Soldiers Global Report 2008 – the third written by the Coalition and encompassing research from April 2004 to October 2007, the number of conflicts involving child soldiers dropped from 27 in 2004 to 17 by the end of 2007.
Governments still actively using child soldiers from April 2004-October 2007 were:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
- Sudan & Southern Sudan
- Additionally, the United Kingdom deployed under-18s to Iraq where they were exposed to risk of hostilities
The countries where children were actively involved in armed conflict from April 2004-October 2007 were:
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the DRC, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel and theOccupied Palestinian Territory, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and Uganda… Peace agreements brought an end to internal conflicts in Aceh/Indonesia in 2005 and in Nepal in 2006.
…leaving the current number at 17.
The number of child soldiers worldwide
The current number of child soldiers being used worldwide is unknown. The most recent estimates are a decade old and range somewhere in the 300,000’s. Since then, according to most estimates, the number has fallen somewhat; however there are no current reports that give an updated number. CSRF is currently seeking funding for a project to estimate this number for 2011-2012.