Chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court said last week that “he was looking closely at charges child soldiers have been used by militias in Sudan’s conflict-torn western Darfur region”.
UNICEF has regularly reported on the use of child soldiers in Darfur, citing last December that upwards of 6,000 child soldiers “some as young as 11, have been recruited by rebels and government forces” in Darfur, and that there are at least 8,000 child soldiers in Sudan. According to UNICEF, “all of Darfur’s main rebel groups used children, including the powerful Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the faction of the Sudan Liberation Army led by Abdel Wahed Mohamed Ahmed al-Nur.”
ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on June 2:
We are monitoring the child soldier crimes. That’s a big deal and it’s possible that parties to the [Darfur] conflict use child soldiers.