Relief over release of child soldiers
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – THE release of 21 child soldiers by government security forces highlights Sudan’s determination towards the protection of local children affected by conflict.
The children have been in the custody of the government security forces after their capture captured during fighting between the forces and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur in 2015.
“It is with great joy that we receive the announcement of the release of these children,” said Marta Ruedas, the United Nations Resident Coordinator.
The children will be housed in a government transit centre where they will receive psychosocial and other support that would enable successful reintegration into their families and communities.
UN is working closely with the government’s National Council for Child Welfare to assist this process.
Ruedas appealed to all the parties associated with armed conflict to stop the recruitment of child soldiers.
She said UN regarded the release of this group as a milestone towards the implementation of the Action Plan signed with Sudan in March.
The document aims to contribute to the overall protection of children affected by armed conflict in Sudan and specifically to the protection against and prevention of their recruitment and use, as well as to the release, reintegration and rehabilitation of children.
– CAJ News
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