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United Nations Sees Increase In Child Soldiers Recruited In S. Sudan

United Nations Sees Increase In Child Soldiers Recruited In S. Sudan

Girls are also being forcibly recruited to provide sexual and labour services to fighters, investigators say Forced recruitment of child soldiers is increasing in South Sudan despite a peace deal last year, the head of a United Nations investigating body said on Monday, adding that a return to full-blown conflict remained a possibility.   Some […]

Child Soldiers and Deaths Surge In Mali As Violence Worsens

Child Soldiers and Deaths Surge In Mali As Violence Worsens

The number of children forced to join armed groups in Mali has doubled since last year amid worsening jihadist and ethnic violence, the United Nations said on Tuesday. In the first six months of 2019, the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, recorded 99 cases of children in Mali being recruited or used by armed groups, often […]

South Sudan: Armed Groups Free 145 Child Soldiers In South Sudan

South Sudan: Armed Groups Free 145 Child Soldiers In South Sudan

UNICEF says it has negotiated the largest single release of child soldiers in South Sudan since 2015. Once reunited with family they receive three months of food aid and livestock. Two armed groups in South Sudan released 145 child soldiers, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) reported on Wednesday. It was the largest single release […]

Women Are On The Frontline Of Making Peace In Colombia Last

Women Are On The Frontline Of Making Peace In Colombia Last

Church bells rang out, echoing across Colombia. People held signs in the streets and posted exuberant messages online: the last day of the war. That day last month, when the ceasefire was signed, could have been the last day of the war, but a piece of paper is no guarantee. Realising the ceasefire’s promise – […]

‘They Think What They Did Was Normal’ – Central African Republic’s Lost Children

‘They Think What They Did Was Normal’ – Central African Republic’s Lost Children

Zoudam* sits on a bench and describes how she was raped by a rebel fighter two years ago in this village in Central African Republic. Her voice is flat, her head bowed, and her 12-year-old feet swing nervously above the concrete floor. “After the rape, he left me. I felt dizzy. I struggled home,” she […]

Girls with guns: Female child soldiers can be victims of abuse, perpetrators of violence

Girls with guns: Female child soldiers can be victims of abuse, perpetrators of violence

Netflix recently announced that it is teaming up with Angelina Jolie to produce and direct a film adaptation of Loung Ung’s best-selling memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. The book offers a firsthand account of the brutality and devastation that wracked the country during the reign of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime. Ung hailed from […]