Underage ‘martyrs’: Recruiting child soldiers in Yemen
13 July 2021 | 8:37 am
In Yemen, families send their children to so-called summer camps. There, adolescents are given combat training and taught why they should fight for God. Both government forces and Houthi rebels use child soldiers.
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