Gadaffi recruiting child soldiers, UN told

Geneva – UN officials say they are getting reports that child soldiers are being recruited to fight for Muammar Gadaffi loyalists in Libya.

This act would constitute a war crime.

Unicef spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said today that there was “a serious concern” that child soldiers were among the mercenaries that Gadaffi was hiring to attack rebel forces.

The spokeswoman for the UN children’s agency said the mercenaries came from Chad, Niger, the Central African Republic and Sudan’s Darfur region, which were all places “with known child soldiers”.

The UN special envoy for children in armed conflicts, Radhika Coomaraswamy, also says human rights groups and local civilians are providing unconfirmed reports that children are being killed and injured by taking up arms in Libya.

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