The number of child soldiers in war-ravaged Central African Republic has swelled to around 6,000, says UNICEF.
Some 400,000 people have fled their homes since the uprising and the tit-for-tat killings that followed.
UNICEF, the U.N.‘s children’s agency, communities had set up self-defence groups to halt abuses, leading to a spike in the number of children involved.
“It has increased a lot. We can estimate this number at between 5,000 (and) 6,000 … with the armed groups,” Souleymane Diabate, UNICEF’s resident representative in Central African Republic, told a briefing in Geneva.