In 2016 alone, 851 children were recruited to be child soldiers in Syria.In that same year, 652 children died and 647 were maimed, and these numbers are rapidly rising. They are paying families $600 per child, according to an official from the United Nations. "Boko Haram militants send them for different kinds of operations, but they are under-aged. October 17, 2012 havocscope. The Recruitment of Child Soldiers in Syria. Numbers of child soldiers have grown from 450 to 500 this year in the Athlone region alone, but if we look at South Africa in totality it has grown to around 10 000. World, Africa 3,500 child soldiers recruited in Nigeria: UNICEF 432 children killed, 180 abducted in NE Nigeria in 2018, says UNICEF ahead of 5th anniversary of Chibok girls abduction The Cost of Buy a Child Soldiers in Mali. It restores Burma and Iraq to the list, acknowledging continued recruitment of child soldiers by government forces in both countries. The new list was a relief. 9 February 2018 Interviews The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has bemoaned the call of the international community to integrate child soldiers into society without providing the necessary financial resources. The recruitment of children under the age of 18 by armed groups has been rising in Syria as the war continues. Army spokesman John Agim told CNN the children were being used as "foot soldiers" by the militants. Islamists in the Western African country of Mali are buying children to serve as child soldiers from families. YAMBIO, South Sudan — More than 300 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since civil war began five years ago.