“Be serious about resources” for reintegrating child soldiers: UN expert

9 February 2018

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has bemoaned the call of the international community to integrate child soldiers into society without providing the necessary financial resources.

Arguing that there is only a small amount of money for those released, Virginia Gamba flagged one case, which she described as “shameless”, in which 3,000 children were liberated with finances available to support only half of them for six months.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) this week reported that more than 300 child soldiers there were officially released from armed groups to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Ms. Gamba explained to Liz Scaffidi what will happen to them now.

Audio Credit:
Liz Scaffidi, UN News
Audio Duration:
9'53"