Female child soldiers can be victims of abuse, perpetrators of violence

BY BRIGIT KATZ

National Resistance Army girl soldiers pose with their kalashnikovs, 26 January 1986 in Kampala. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images

National Resistance Army girl soldiers pose with their kalashnikovs, 26 January 1986 in Kampala. ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images

Around 40 percent of all child soldiers are female (exact numbers are near impossible to pin down due to underreporting on this issue). While it is true that girls are often subjected to sexual slavery and relegated to “domestic” tasks—like cooking and midwifery—some female child soldiers also receive weapons training and are deployed in combat.

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