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Young Soldiers: Why They Choose To Fight

Young Soldiers: Why They Choose To Fight


– Reflects on the experiences of adolescent "volunteers" in armed groups through interviews with the young combatants themselves – Challenges the belief that poverty is the main reason young people (aged 15-18) join armed conflicts and explores how war, poverty, education, politics, identity, family and friends can all play a role – Examines the issue from an international perspective – interviewing young people from Afghanistan, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom – Offers recommendations for prevention and reintegration
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