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Colombia armed groups turn forcibly recruited children into 'war machines': government

Illegal armed groups in Colombia are using forcibly recruited children and adolescents as “war machines” and sexual slaves amid ongoing internal conflict in the country, the government said on Friday.

Violence in Colombia fell after a 2016 peace deal with its largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), but still-active guerrillas and crime gangs continue to target minors for recruitment.

“This crime must be abolished,” said President Ivan Duque at an event commemorating the international convention that prohibits the use of children in armed conflicts. “One of the greatest tragedies humanity has seen is the recruitment of minors.”

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