child soldiers

FROM THE FIELD: Girl child soldier shunned at home in Uganda

A young mother has been talking about how she was shunned by her community in Uganda when she returned home after being abducted and forced to fight for rebels as a child soldier.

UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as ‘the new normal’

Voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in Mali due to ongoing fighting and instability, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties to stop attacks and “keep them out of harm’s way”.

New UN report shows record number of children killed and maimed in conflict

A new UN report has found that 2018 was the worst year on record for children caught up in armed conflict; the year saw the highest numbers killed or maimed since the United Nations began monitoring the violation.

New UN-Syrian Action Plan signals an 'important day' for child protection, says UN envoy

The top UN official charged with representing the interests of children caught up in armed conflict, has signed a landmark new agreement on child protection with the Force Commander of a main Syrian opposition military alliance, it was announced on Monday, aimed at ending and preventing the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18.

Three-quarters of South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF

Since South Sudan became the world's youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million of the 3.4 million babies have been born in war, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed Saturday.

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

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.

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan peace process, mental health in Somalia and Sudan's child soldiers

Engagement of regional countries “good thing” for South Sudan peace process

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Child protection “part and parcel” of UN peacekeeping operations

More than 5,000 child recruits were freed from armed groups last year thanks to the efforts of UN peacekeeping missions, a senior official with the world body has reported.

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UN Gender Focus: FGM; child soldiers and sexual abuse

WHO: we can stop genital mutilation of girls

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No “Band-Aid” solution to rehabilitating former child soldiers

There is no “Band-Aid” solution to rehabilitating and reintegrating former child soldiers, a Somali activist warned UN Member States on Wednesday.

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