"Colombia: FARC to stop recruiting fighters under 17"
W. Alejandro Sanchez
Blouin Beat: World
February 18, 2015
Originally published: http://blogs.blouinnews.com/blouinbeatworld/2015/02/18/colombia-farc-to-stop-recruiting-fighters-under-17/
As negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) progress, albeit at a snail’s pace, rebels announced a major decision in early February: they will stop recruiting fighters younger than 17 years of age. The FARC currently recruits fighters as young as 15 (though there are plenty of accusations that they utilize minors who may be as young as 10-11). This increased age limit is a move in the right direction to reduce the group’s exploitation of child soldiers. (For the record, in Colombia a person legally becomes an adult at 18).