Thousands of CAR children disarmed

CAR Child sodierFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – SOME 10 000 children have been demobilized from armed forces in the war-ravaged Central African Republic.
They are being reintegrated into society following the ratification of the optional protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict in October 2016.
The minors were forcible recruited into armed groups during the crisis gripping the country.
However, minister of justice and human rights, Flavien Mbata, said despite the demobilization of children, the situation of children in the country had considerably deteriorated because of the 2012-2016 crisis.
The minister stressed that the protection of human rights of vulnerable groups, especially children, was among the chief priorities of the new Government.
Mbata noted that the greatest challenges to the effective protection of children were the lack of the presence of specialized police forces in provinces dealing with juvenile justice; the insufficient capacity of juvenile detention centres; the lack of programmes for the reintegration of children in conflict with the law, children accused of witchcraft, and children victims of sexual violence; as well as the absence of comprehensive programmes against early marriages.
Children have borne the brunt of the crisis in CAR.
Some United Nations peacekeepers are under investigation for allegedly raping minors.
CAR descended into chaos when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian nation.

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