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87 GIRLS, 224 BOYS RE­CRUITED AS SOL­DIERS WIN FREE­DOM

- Military · Crime · Society · Middle East News · Warfare and Conflicts · Politics · Sudan · South Sudan · United Nations · David Shearer

More than 300 child sol­diers were re­leased Wed­nes­day by armed groups in South Su­dan, the sec­ond-largest such re­lease since civil war be­gan five years ago. The “lay­ing down of the guns” cer­e­mony for 87 girls and 224 boys was the first step in a process that should see at least 700 child sol­diers freed in the com­ing weeks, the United Na­tions said. Putting down weapons and re­join­ing nor­mal life is just the “begin­ning of the jour­ney,” said the head of the UN mis­sion in South Su­dan, David Shearer. More than 19,000 chil­dren are thought to have been re­cruited by all sides since the civil war broke out in 2013. The UN has re­leased al­most 2,000. How­ever, hu­man rights groups say child re­cruit­ment con­tin­ues.

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