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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14 May 2015 - Armed factions in Central African Republic have freed more than 350 enslaved children as part of a United Nations-brokered deal, as the country seeks to resolve sectarian conflict that began two years ago.

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UNITED NATIONS, Mar 7 2015 (IPS) - One year ago, representatives of the last eight governments of the world named by the U.N. secretary-general for the recruitment and use of children in their security forces gathered at the United Nations in New York to declare they were ready to take the steps necessary to make their security forces child-free.

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JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 January, 2015 - UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month.

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UNMISS/UNICEF South Sudan Joint Press Release. 29 October 2014 - The Government of South Sudan, with the support of the United Nations, today launched the “Children, not Soldiers” campaign nationally, marking the country’s renewed commitment to end the recruitment and use of children by its army.

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14 July 2014 - Joint Statement of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui.

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27 June 2014 –  At the end of her visit in South Sudan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, called for the full implementation of the Action Plan signed by the Government to end the recruitment and use of children in the country’s national security forces.

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11 May 2014 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, reached out to the delegations of the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM/A in opposition during the peace talks held in Addis Ababa this week.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:46

DRC: Growing up in war - child soldiers

31 March 2014 - When he was seven Dikembe Muamba* became a soldier on the orders of his uncle, a chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province.

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