(Reuters) –  The number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has surged since the outbreak of the conflict in 2012 to between 3,500 and 6,000, the United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF said on Friday. UNICEF warned that 2.3 million children have been affected by the ongoing violence and more than 600,000 people have been forced to flee their homes as the instability has spread across the country.