12 February 2016 - When a boy in Central African Republic fell under the spell of a militia leader supposedly endowed with magical powers, he felt invincible. With his mentor’s death, he realised he had wasted four years – but a rehabilitation programme is helping him, and other former child soldiers like him, to resume his studies.

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NAIROBI, 9 February 2016 - African countries are spending more resources to respond to armed conflict at the expense of public investment in children, an expert has said.

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NEW YORK, 12 February 2016 - As we mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, tens of thousands of boys and girls are associated with armed forces and groups in conflicts in over 20 countries around the world.

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14 January 2016 - How do women who were abducted as children, raped and forced to kill, reintegrate into their communities?

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JUBA, 15 December 2015 - Rights advocates have called on South Sudan's government and rebel leaders to punish commanders accused of recruiting thousands of child soldiers to fight in the country's two-year civil war.

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BAMBARI, 29 November 2015 - When two of Josephine's uncles were murdered by armed cattle rustlers on Central African Republic's southern border just before her twelfth birthday, all she could think of was taking revenge.

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24 July 2015 – Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, declared the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today, marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers with a strong call for accountability and robust measures to end all “horrors” children face.

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UNITED NATIONS, 14 July 2015 - Whether in Palestine, Ukraine or Somalia, wars result in millions of children threatened by the brutality of armed conflict.

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KAMPALA, 7 July 2015 - Actual combat may have ended almost a decade ago in northern Uganda, but for many women abducted by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army and the children they conceived in captivity, the war is far from over. Sexual exploitation, beatings, stigmatisation and community rejection, lack of medical care and education, and deprivation of land rights are among the challenges faced by those who escaped from or were released by the LRA.

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NEW YORK, 11 June 2015 - Mass abductions of children and other civilians have become increasingly prevalent in many of the 23 conflict situations of 2014 that are highlighted in the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, released today.

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