More than 1.2 million children return to school in Libya on Saturday, 10 months after evacuating classrooms because of the fighting during the country's popular uprising.

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UNICEF is extremely concerned about the impact on children of the escalating conflict in Somalia.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 07:38

SOMALIA: Tempted with a phone to carry a gun

 

Civil society sources in Mogadishu estimate there are between 1,000 and 2,000 children in the ranks of Somalia’s Al-Shabab insurgency, some as young as nine. IRIN spoke to relatives and child protection advocates about the group’s recruitment methods.

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Five years into democracy, with the elections just a few weeks away, the majority of Congolese children continue to face a bleak future.

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When he was 11 years old, Messeh Kamara was separated from his parents. He spent months hiding in the bush and moving from village to village to escape the rebels during the 10-year conflict that ravaged Sierra Leone and which ended in 2002.

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International human rights law meanders between the vague and the hazy when it comes to its stance on the age of criminal responsibility and what, if any, punishments should be imposed on child soldiers guilty of war crimes.

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A faction of one of the armed groups in Darfur has agreed to prohibit the use of child soldiers in its ranks after discussions with the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region (UNAMID), the mission reported today.

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Monday, 03 October 2011 08:51

Children on the frontline of war

 

The effects of civil conflict on Somalia's children have been catastrophic, as many youngsters have been forced to fight.

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At the UN today, international commitment to protect children in times of conflict was strengthened.

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The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today stressed that children are victims and not perpetrators of war and unveiled recommendations that address the needs and rights of minors as victims, witnesses or perpetrators of violence during warfare in an effort to ensure justice for them.

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