UN secures release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Tuesday in Bangui that it had secured the release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan.

It said more than 12,000 children are believed to have been recruited to fight over the past year.

UNICEF said the 3,000 child soldiers who are in the process of being released were recruited by David Yau Yau, an independent warlord who signed a peace deal with the government in May.

It said an initial group of 280 children aged between 11 and 19 was released Tuesday in Gumuruk, in the east of South Sudan.

UNICEF said it was trying to reunify the children with their families.

Meanwhile, the Human rights activists said the children have been recruited by the South Sudanese army, as well as rebels and other armed groups involved in the conflict.

The 13-month conflict between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader, Riek Machar, had killed tens of thousands and displaced nearly 2 million people to date.

(dpa/NAN)

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