1st August 2013 -  Through its two civil wars, Liberia became synonymous with the carnage wrought by armies of child soldiers. Ten years after the end of the fighting, the legacy casts a sizeable shadow over the country.

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14 June 2013 - Children in Mali, some as young as 13, who were recruited as child soldiers by armed groups or suspected of links with them, are now being detained by Malian forces alongside adults, where some say they’ve been tortured

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14 May 2013 - Around 15,000 children in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, have stopped attending classes since February 2013

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27 November 2012 - Press Release. A report released today from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) highlights the devastating impact of violence on the lives and health of civilians in South Sudan's Jonglei state.

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21 November 2012 – As clashes between M23 movement and the Congolese Army continue in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, children are caught on the frontlines.

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20 November 2012 - The arrival of M23 rebels in the eastern Congolese city of Goma on 20 November, has triggered widespread concern over the humanitarian ramifications in a region already beset by armed conflict, widespread displacement and attacks on civilians.

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15 November 2012 -  Sierra Leone goes to the polls on November 17 and is making a recovery ten years after the civil war. But former child soldiers still suffer from trauma and their surviving victims are still waiting for compensation.

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5 October 2012 - Teachers, the Ministry of Education and aid agencies are scrambling to provide catch-up classes to thousands of displaced children who fled northern Mali for southern towns to help them graduate this year, while those teachers and families who stayed in the north are doing the same

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At first sight the group of children playing in a shaded courtyard in Cote d'Ivoire's economic capital Abidjan seem carefree. But when a defunct car exhaust blasts, they tremble. When a soldier walks past, they shudder. And they become anxious when an unknown adult approaches them.

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Hundreds of children in Côte d’Ivoire were separated from their parents when people fled their villages during post-election violence in 2011, but nine months after the conflict formally ended only a quarter of those children have been reunified with their families, says the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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