A partnership of humanitarian organizations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has helped demobilize thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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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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The world does not need to be reminded of the existence of children associated with armed forces and groups, for the record of the African continent in real terms is one badly blemished by a staggering number of such children.

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The Central African Republic, long overshadowed by conflict in neighboring Sudan, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, has made significant progress in recent weeks to address its child soldier crisis.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:30

SOMALIA: Children Facing War Crimes

 

The scale of war crimes affecting Somali children, including the systematic recruitment of child soldiers under 15 by armed Islamist groups, has been exposed in a new report by Amnesty International today.

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A senior United Nations official today hailed the action plan signed by the Government of Chad to end the use of children by the country’s security forces, while highlighting important next steps on the path to eradicating the scourge of child soldiers.

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A new United Nations report voices serious concern about the continued recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and calls for measures to address the ongoing “protection crisis” in the country.

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The recruitment and use of children by armed forces and other armed groups in Chad persists, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, while noting that reduced tensions last year enabled many children to leave such groups.

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The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) on Saturday jointly called for protection of children from the effects of war on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, Xinhua informed.

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