Over 17,000 South Sudanese children recruited into armed groups – CCTV Africa – Strengthening news coverage in Africa

Over 17,000 South Sudanese children recruited into armed groups – CCTV Africa – Strengthening news coverage in Africa – The figures were released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday following new reports of recruitment of children. “Since the first day of this conflict, children have been the ones most devastatingly affected by the violations. Now, as the fighting intensifies – and despite repeated pledges by all to end child recruitment – children are once again being targeted,” UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala said. To date, 59 armed groups and government forces are listed in the UN Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict as having committed grave violations against children. UNICEF reports of violations against children since 2013, including 2,342 who have been killed or maimed, 3,090 who have been abducted, and 1,130 sexually assaulted. Some armed groups have however agreed to end the recruitment of child soldiers while others have released a number of them: 1,755 in 2015 and 177 this year.

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