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January 17, 2014

Child Combatants Reported in South Sudan Conflict

UNICEF today expressed its deep concern about the use of children as combatants in the on-going armed conflict in South Sudan. Under both international and South Sudanese national law, no person under the age of 18 should be allowed to participate in armed conflict, whether as a member of a regular army or of an informal militia.

January 17, 2014

23 Children Released from Armed Groups in Central African Republic

Twenty-three children between the ages of 14 and 17 were released from armed groups in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days. The children released yesterday, six of whom are girls, were taken from a military base to a UNICEF-supported transit and orientation center that provides basic education, sports, vocational and life skills along with psychosocial support while the children’s families are traced and reintegration within their communities is prepared.

January 6, 2014

Global Champions and $1 Billion Investment Needed to Prevent a Lost Generation of Syrian Children

UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy to protect a generation of Syrian children from a life of despair, diminished opportunities and broken futures.

December 30, 2013

Children Brutalized in Central African Republic, says UNICEF

Attacks against children have sunk to a vicious new low, with at least two children beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) since early December.

December 24, 2013

South Sudan’s Violence Puts Children in Peril

As the violence in South Sudan escalates and tens of thousands of civilians take refuge in UN compounds around the country, children are in grave danger, says UNICEF.

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