Understanding perennial recruitment of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Munyayiwashe Shumba


Recruitment of child soldiers in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has become a perennial problem despite efforts by local and international actors to put a stop to it. This paper launches a critical investigation into the underlying causes behind the continued recruitment of children as soldiers. More so, in light of economic challenges in a war tone country, where there is no school, no recreational facilities and no proper services, this paper seeks to establish how the implementation of the Vancouver Principles can be made a total success in such conditions.



Child Soldiers, Armed Conflict, Children, Vancouver Principles

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15273/allons-y.v6i0.11158


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