Sudan child soldiers return to families
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
CAJ NKHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – PLANS are underway to hand over more than 20 child soldiers, forcibly recruited by government and rebel forces during the Darfur conflict, to their families.
The National Council on Child Welfare (NCCW) is working with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (DDR) facilitating the return of the underage boys and their integration back to society.
President Omar al-Bashir last month announced the release of the 21 children allegedly detained during the Gouz Dango battle with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in April 2014.
Seven of the child soldiers have recovered from tuberculosis suffered during their forced stint in warfare while another had died.
NCCW chairperson, Suad Abdel-Aal, said the children had been subjected to the worst kinds of exploitation.
“They were used as human shields in the military operations,” said Abel-Aal.
Most of the child soldiers have fallen victims to kidnappings, forced recruitment and inducement to take up arms against the state.
Government forces and rebels have been involved in incessant fighting in Darfur since 2003.
More than 300 000 have been killed and over 2,5 million displaced.
– CAJ News
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