SRSG on children and armed conflict: Annual report 2011, para. 21
Of growing concern is the use of children — sometimes unbeknownst to them — to carry or wear explosives. The reporting period has seen a steady increase in the number of girls and boys being used by armed groups for such purposes. These children, sometimes as young as eight, are often unaware of the actions or consequences of the acts they are instigated to commit. Such acts often lead to their own death and the killing of civilians, including other children.
Non-negotiated soft law
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict