5 December 2016 - The trial of Dominic Ongwen, a senior member of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army, opens on Tuesday before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Many horrors will be recounted, but the case also throws up deep ethical questions: is a child, brutalised and turned into a killer, fully responsible for his or her actions? If the abuses of government forces aren’t also being investigated, at what point does it become victor’s justice?

 

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26 October 2016 - 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.

 

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DAKAR, 25 August 2016 - Years of violence by Boko Haram in Africa’s Lake Chad basin have led to a worsening humanitarian crisis that has displaced 1.4 million children and left at least one million still trapped in hard-to-reach areas, UNICEF said in a report released today.

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17 June 2016 – A top official with the U.N. Children's Fund says there could be 5,000 child soldiers in Somalia as al-Shabab continues its recruiting campaigns.

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10 May 2016 - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has launched a campaign in west Darfur, Sudan, to raise awareness on the need to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers by armed forces and groups across the region.

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MOGADISHU, 7 May 2016 - For years they were children at war, boys given rifles and training by al-Qaeda-backed militants and sent to the front lines of this country’s bloody conflict. Many had been kidnapped from schools and soccer fields and forced to fight.

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DAKAR, 11 May 2016 - Benoit Daoundo is a child protection officer who works for the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) to help release children from armed groups in Central African Republic.

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DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2016 - The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to a UNICEF report released today. More than 75 per cent of the children involved in the attacks are girls.

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KHARTOUM, 27 March 2016 - In an important milestone for the protection of children in Sudan, the Government signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to prevent the recruitment and use of children by Sudan Government Security Forces. The United Nations welcomes the Government’s commitment to protect children from violations in armed conflict.

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NEW YORK, 07 Mar 2016 - The United Nations Secretary-General is “deeply troubled by the scale and nature of violations endured by children” in successive waves of violence in the Central African Republic. His third report on the situation of children affected by armed conflict in the Central African nation describes widespread violations and dreadful acts of violence against boys and girls committed between January 2011 and December 2015.

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