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More than 8 500 children used as soldiers in 2020: UN

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More than 8 500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2 700 others were killed,...

Children seen at risk of recruitment in Central African Republic fighting

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Armed groups have recruited nearly 3 000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) since violence flared over a 27 December election result and more...

Pandemic woes seen swelling global ranks of child soldiers

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More children could be pushed into joining armed groups in conflict zones as families face increasing poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a top...

Children of the gun

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Ending the use of child soldiers will require sustained commitment to reintegration. M.K. was an unruly child, by his own admission. The Idgwi island boy was...

Increase in South Sudan child soldiers

Forced recruitment of child soldiers is increasing in South Sudan despite a peace deal last year, the head of a United Nations investigating body...

Nigerian militia releases hundreds of children

A regional militia allied with Nigerian government forces freed almost 900 children it used in the war against Islamist Boko Haram insurgents, the United...

UN concerned about recruitment and use of child soldiers

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Earlier this month about 300 child soldiers were formally released by armed groups in South Sudan according to the UN mission there....

Child soldiers freed in South Sudan but recruitment heats up –...

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Armed groups in South Sudan released 145 children on Tuesday, the UN children's agency (UNICEF) said, calling on warring parties to stop...

Sierra Leone ‘helped deploy ex-child soldiers to Iraq’, academic says

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Sierra Leone's government helped British private security service firms recruit former child soldiers to work as guards in Iraq from 2009, said...

Nine-year-old girl in record release of South Sudan child soldiers

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A nine-year-old girl was among hundreds of child soldiers freed in South Sudan over the last three days, part of the largest...

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Communicate don’t abrogate!

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The senior officer cadre of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) communications component, officially the Directorate: Corporate Communication (DCC), employed a barely plausible excuse...