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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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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6 March 2014 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ms. Leila Zerrougui and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today unveiled a new effort to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict by 2016.

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17 January 2014 - Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days.

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9 December 2013 – UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced.

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6 December 2013 – One year after the start of the conflict in the Central African Republic, 2.3 million children are affected by the crisis, and children are increasingly becoming  the victims of violence and forced recruitment amidst ongoing atrocities.

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25 October 2013 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui,  is deeply concerned at the findings of the report released today by MONUSCO (Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo), indicating that child recruitment by armed groups is systemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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16 October 2013 – During the presentation of her annual report to the General Assembly, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, stated that constructive engagement with Member States, in collaboration with child protection partners, is crucial to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children.

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26 September 2013 - The decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to uphold Charles Taylor’s conviction sends a clear message that those who recruit and use children in hostilities will be held to account for their crimes, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said today.

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