child soldiers

Democratic Republic of Congo

Congo's instability is fueling grave violations against children, and driving them to armed groups

“I thought about death. I thought about my family having no idea where I was. I thought I was going to be killed.”
Sam Mednick
VICE News Tonight on HBO

Children are being kidnapped to fight in the Central African Republic’s brutal war

"Whoever refuses to fight is killed," one child soldier said.
Ben Anderson

This Activist Uses Surfing Therapy to Rehabilitate Child Soldiers

Based in war-torn Mogadishu, the initiative uses the ocean and riding waves to help communities ravaged by years of violence and suffering.
Alice Rowsome
trump tracker

Donald Trump's highly abnormal presidency: the week of Nov. 20

Trump has been locked in an escalating war of words with Ball – a brash, self-promoting businessman – since Ball’s middle son, LiAngelo Ball, was released with two of his UCLA teammates from a Chinese jail earlier this month.
VICE News Guide to the World

The VICE News Guide to the World — Week of September 4

This year’s outbreak was more deadly than almost every previous outbreak combined.

Talking with a Child Soldier and the Young Man He Refused to Kill

He was 13 and meant to kill him. Instead, they escaped and later reunited in Canada.
Mitchell Sunderland
Boko Haram

Boko Haram is using more children than ever in suicide attacks

Habibah Abass
The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

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VICE Staff

In Congo, Teen Girls Who Can't Afford School Are Joining Armed Groups

The charity Child Soldiers International warns that young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo are joining militias—and are doing so of their own volition.
Sirin Kale

How Two American Teens Became Assassins for a Mexican Cartel

'Wolf Boys,' a new book by Dan Slater, details the bloody rise and fall of two Texas teenagers who became contract killers for the Zetas, the most violent drug cartel in Mexico, killing dozens of people in the process.
Seth Ferranti

This Former Colombian Child Soldier Was Forced to Kill Eight of His Friends

Nicolás spent his adolescence as a soldier in Colombia's FARC rebel forces. As a peace accord nears, his story provides a glimpse of the deep scars left by the country's half-century-long conflict.
Joe Parkin Daniels

Child Suicide Bomber in Cameroon Is 'Not Missing Chibok Girl'

One of two girls found strapped with explosives in Cameroon on Friday claimed to be one of the schoolgirls from Nigeria kidnapped nearly two years ago, but it now looks increasingly unlikely.
VICE News and Reuters