This is happening in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Burma. The children are being used to fight for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), and the pro-government local mafia. The children are being forced to fight in war, and if they disobey, they will be killed. The reason they're used is becuase they require less food than adult fighters, therefore they are cheaper. There are an estimated 300,000 child soldiers around the world.