Rebel groups persist kids’ recruitment into armies

child soldiers DRCFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – ARMED groups in the ungovernable Central African Republic (CAR) continue recruiting children as soldiers in violation of commitments to halt the trend.
Children, whose rights are violated incessantly in the escalating conflict, are forcibly recruited into such notorious elements as the Popular Front for the Central African Renaissance, Union for Peace in the Central African Republic), Christian extremist anti-Balakas and the Mulsim radical ex-Seleka formations.
United Nations and humanitarian agencies lamented these acts constituted serious violations of the rights of children that could jeopardize their future.
The UN mission in CAR (MINUSCA) and UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) recalled the use of children by armed groups was contrary to their commitment contained in the agreement signed in May 2015 in the margins of the Bangui Forum.
The agreement stipulates that the politico-military groups undertake to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of children associated with armed groups and enable the UN Task Force on Children and Armed Conflict unhindered and unconditional access to areas under their control.
MINUSCA and Unicef nonetheless took note of the decision of the Popular Front for the Central African Renaissance (CRPF) in May, calling for strict compliance with and implementation of the 2015 by its elements.
CRPF undertook to identify and disassociate all children under the age of 18 from the group and to hand them over immediately to the child welfare unit of UNMISCA and Unicef.
Children and women are bearing the brunt of the lawlessness.
Following the recent violence in Alindao, Bangassou and Bria, thousands of children and their parents lost everything and currently live in dire conditions.
UN human rights envoy, Andrew Gilmour, this week said armed groups were continuing atrocious attacks against women and children.
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