(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Myanmar’s armed forces discharged 51 child soldiers from its ranks on Thursday, bringing the total number of discharges this year so far to 93, the United Nations said. Renata Lok-Dessallien, the U.N. resident coordinator in Myanmar welcomed the discharge of the children, including those accused of desertion. “They should not have been in the army in the first place”, she said in a statement. Myanmar has for years been listed among countries where children have been recruited to fight, by both the government army and ethnic minority rebel groups.