«The report describes the six-year conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the deadliest war on the planet since the second world war, and the worst in Africa. From 1998 to 2004, approximately 3.8 million people died as a result of it.
All the parties involved in the conflict recruited, abducted and used child soldiers. Children made up approximately 40% of some armed groups in the eastern DRC in 2003, with at least 30,000 taking an active part in combat.
Thousands more children, mostly girls, were attached to the armed groups to provide sexual and other services.»
--"Armies of girls caught up in conflict": Armed or unarmed, most are forced into sex slavery, says report