(RFI) – Child Soldiers International is warning that girls in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are joining armed groups because they cannot afford to go to school. Once recruited, girls are often used as wives — and sexually abused by commanders and other soldiers. Children continue to be recruited and used by numerous armed groups in the DRC, amid the ongoing political crisis. We tend to hear more about boy soldiers, but girls have also been recruited for the past 20 years.