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News in brief 27 April (PM)

Ishmael Beah, former child soldier, helps amplify Syria youth voices

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'We cannot give up the fight' to end child recruitment, says UNICEF chief

Even though over the past 10 years, more than 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups, tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 continue to be used in conflicts around the world, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Former child soldiers should be treated humanely “not as menaces”

Former child soldiers need to be treated humanely and “not as menaces” to society, an advocate for children’s rights has said.

Kabba Williams was one of those forcefully recruited in Sierra Leone by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels, at the age of 7.

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'Child soldiers are boys and girls we collectively failed to protect' – UN envoy

An upsurge in global conflicts and brutal war tactics continues to make children extremely vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups, the United Nations warned today, appealing to the international community to take greater responsibility for the boys and girls used as child soldiers or risk failing to protect them.

Child recruitment remains ‘endemic’ in DR Congo, UN says in new report

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today it is extremely concerned about persistent reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the country, and called on all actors to help stop this grave violation against children.

Hailing release of child soldiers, UN calls on Myanmar to accelerate discharge efforts

The United Nations has welcomed the release of 42 children by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw, and called for accelerating the discharge of remaining children within the ranks of the army.

UN envoy calls for repatriation of last child soldier held in Guantánamo

A top United Nations official has renewed her call on Canada and the United States to transfer Omar Khadr, who has spent a decade at the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as of today, and is the last child soldier still being held there.

World community must help child soldiers fully reintegrate into society, UN says

The top United Nations official fighting to eliminate the recruitment of child soldiers today appealed to governments to provide the necessary resources to ensure the reintegration of these youngsters into civil society once they have been freed.

UN envoy hails ‘landmark’ day as more nations ban use of child soldiers

Hailing the move by several countries to ban the use of child soldiers, a top United Nations official urged today that all nations that have not yet done so take the important step of signing and ratifying the global treaty that serves to protect children in armed conflict.

Rights of internally displaced children must be protected, UN advocate stresses

The United Nations advocate for children caught up in armed conflict today highlighted the special challenges facing young people uprooted within their own countries by war, stressing the need to ensure that they are protected and their rights are ensured.