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  Rebels release 100 child soldiers
Updated 15 April 2004, 16.40
Some Tamil Tiger soldiers
More than 100 child soldiers have been released in Sri Lanka.

The children were forced to fight by the Tamil Tigers, a group who are against the government there. They want a separate Tamil state in the north and east of the country.

They are said to have recruited and trained up to 4,000 children as young as 10 years old. Some are forced into it but others chose to join the rebels.

Now after years of fighting, some child soldiers have been allowed to go home.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting in Sri Lanka for about 30 years, but have recently agreed to continue a ceasefire with the government.

But it's thought that hundreds, maybe even thousands, of children are still training with the Tamil Tigers.

Map of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka isn't the only country in the world were child soldiers fight for armies.

Lots of children end up in rebel armies fighting against their government in places like Colombia in South America.

And in Burma there are about 70,000 teenage boys serving in the national army.

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