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Children are being used in warfare by 41 countries throughout the world by governments and rebel groups It has been noted that the involvement of children in warfare dates as far back as ancient Greece and Rome Children during this time were exposed to the frontlines of war Children often shadowed their master on the battlefield so that they too could become a knight Also during the Napoleonic Wars and throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries children took part in loading artillery engaging in espionage and acting as drummer boys leading the charges Despite the long history of childrens involvement in and around the battlefield it is only in the last 50 years that the world has addressed this as a humanitarian issue Because of the dramatic increase in child soldiers political and ethical issues of child soldiering have developed around the world The issues of child soldiering have caused conflict around the world changing the demographic and lifestyle of third world countries and their societies The term child soldier is an extremely broad term Not all child soldiers are considered combatants and many of which arent even used to take part in military or militia activities Internationally the definition a child soldier is any person under the age of 18 taking part in military activities whether it is through the government or through a militia group Although international law defines the age of 18 there are further laws that have been established to protect children legally enlisted in the military International laws have also expanded to cover children who have taken roles of supporting the military There are currently an estimated 300000 child soldiers throughout the world Many of the estimated 300000 child soldiers are located throughout different parts of Africa and are most often used by militia groups as combatants against the government The average age of a child soldier is
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