Sudanese rebels free child soldiers

CHILD SOLDIERS FREEDfrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – ARMED rebel groups have released more than 300 children, including 87 girls, recruited as fighters in the ongoing civil war.

The children have been released in Yambio, the capital of Western Equatoria State, and had been associated with the Sudan People’s
Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-iO) Taban Deng Gai and South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM).

“These children now have an opportunity to rebuild their lives,” said Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

“We can’t let them down and I call on the international community to support their reintegration by providing adequate resources,” she declared.

She added that all children recruited and used by parties to the Sudanese conflict should be released, handed over to civilian child protection partners and be protected from all grave violations.

Their release is in line with the 2015 Resolution of Conflict Agreement, the 2017 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the Action Plans signed with the UN.

South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is beset by civil war since 2013.
It is the aftermath of a fallout between President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar. Machar was accused of plotting a coup.
CAJ News

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