Children with disabilities must not be forgotten during crises and conflict, UNICEF said at an international conference.

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The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the report of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on how that country is implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on children involved in armed conflict.

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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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On 7 January, nearly a year after conflict broke out in Libya, more than 1.2 million children returned to school, many for the first time in many months.

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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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Reports from Afgoye town, 30 kilometres south of Mogadishu, a stronghold of Al-Shabaab, the radical Islamist group opposing the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia, indicate that militia leaders are forcing the youth to join their fighters in the jihad (holy war).

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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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