Channel 4 News published this video item, entitled “Colombia: FARC recruitment of child soldiers boosted by pandemic” – below is their description.
A number of child soldiers are reported to have been killed when Colombian forces launched an airstrike on a rebel camp earlier this month. The youngest was a girl aged just nine.
The country’s defence minister tried to justify the attack by calling the children “machines of war” and is now facing calls to resign.
The FARC rebels signed a peace agreement with Colombia in 2016, but haven’t stopped recruiting children and young people.
And now, as we have been finding out, with so many children out of school because of the pandemic, recruitment has soared.
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In This Story: Colombia
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a transcontinental country largely in the north of South America, with territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean.
The capital is Bogotá, the country’s largest city. With over 50 million inhabitants Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world. The Republic of Colombia was declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903.
Colombia’s territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, and deserts, and it is the only country in South America with coastlines and islands along both the Atlantic and Pacific.
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