The Myanmar military government is forcibly recruiting thousands of children, some as young as age 10, into its armed forces to make up for high desertion rates, according to a Human Rights Watch report released today.
"Children have become commodities," said Jo Becker of Human Rights Watch. "The government of Burma is one of the world's worst perpetrators when it comes to recruitment of children into the military."
Human rights advocates have been calling for an end to recruitment of child soldiers in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, for years.
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