Child soldiers jailed in Mali jails

2013-06-14 21:08
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Bamako - An investigation by Amnesty International has found that children as young as 13, who were recruited by armed groups during the country's recent conflict, are now among the inmates crowding jails in Mali's capital.

Some have allegedly been tortured, the international rights group said in the report released on Friday.

Amnesty's team spoke to nine children between the ages of 13 and 17 who were held along with adults at the prison in Camp I of the gendarmerie in Bamako.

One youth told Amnesty that he had been strung up to the ceiling and threatened with electric shocks.

The radical Islamists, who overran northern Mali last year, actively recruited children into their ranks, arguing that the Qur’an permitted them to do so.

Read more on:    amnesty international  |  mali  |  west africa

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