Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, top Al-Shabaab militia's commander confirmed that his group is using underage children in their fight against Somali Transitional Government.
Amid rampant killings and economic paralysis, residents in parts of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan are eating “whatever they can find”, and have not worked in weeks, a youth in the northern district of Anyama told IRIN.
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.
Boys as young as 13 years old are being used as soldiers by officers of the Chadian national army and armed groups, a report by Amnesty International said today.
Somalia's self-declared independent region of Somaliland has experienced an increase in landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) explosions in the recent past, with officials calling for mine awareness education in schools, as children have been the main victims.
Sometimes the teachers make it to school but the children do not - when the fighting is too intense for them to venture outdoors. Sometimes teachers make it to school only to find it has been moved - to enable displaced children to continue learning. This is the nature of teaching in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, considered one of the world's most dangerous cities.
Millions of children across the world are denied the right to enjoy their childhood as a result of conflicts that expose them to violence and rob them of their innocence, two senior United Nations officials said today, stressing the need to ensure that children grow up in safety.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy met with the new Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed in Mogadishu on Tuesday. In a productive discussion, the Prime Minister committed his government to eradicating the practice of child soldiering in Somalia. Acknowledging that the use of children as soldiers is a terrible phenomenon, the Prime Minister agreed to designate a focal point, reporting directly to him, who would work with the United Nations to pave the way toward the signing of an action plan, an official agreement to secure and verify the release of child soldiers.
The top United Nations official fighting to eliminate the recruitment of child soldiers today appealed to governments to provide the necessary resources to ensure the reintegration of these youngsters into civil society once they have been freed.
Eleven new countries have added their names to a growing United Nations-backed list of States that have pledged to halt child recruitment, support the release of children from armed groups and help reintegrate them into civilian life.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.