Child soldiers seek new lease of life

Former child soldiers languish in DRC jailFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – HOPES have been rekindled armed forces and rebel groups will release more than 16 000 minors engaged as child soldiers in South Sudan.

This follows of 145 children to their families this week, representing the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1 775 children were released in the eastern Greater Pibor Area.

During their release from the Cobra faction and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the children were formally disarmed and provided with civilian clothes.

Medical screenings were carried out and the children were registered for a reintegration programme.

Over the coming months, all released children will receive counselling and psychosocial support.

They will be placed in an interim care centre, until their families can be traced.

Following their reunification, the children’s families will be provided with three months’ worth of food assistance as a take-home package as well as livestock to supplement household income during the reintegration process.

Sending them to school is a priority.

“Our hope is that the release will be followed by many others so 16 000 children still in armed forces and armed groups will be able to return to their families,” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UN children’s agency, said.
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