Leila Zerrougui

Sudan guerrilla group agrees to end use of child soldiers

A bid to halt grave rights violations against children in Sudan moved a step closer on Wednesday with a pledge by one of the country’s main guerrilla groups prohibiting the use of child soldiers.

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Children suffer “unspeakable violence” during war, UN envoy says

Children have suffered “unspeakable violence” during war but most of them remain positive, a senior UN envoy said ahead of World Humanitarian Day (WHD) on 19 August.

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“Voice of the voiceless” will carry on criticizing war violations of children

Governments which continue to violate children’s rights in conflict situations will continue to be scrutinized, despite their objections, according to a senior UN official.

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UN Gender Focus: Nigeria's abducted girls, drugs policies and women farmers

“Complicated and challenging” job to liberate Nigeria’s abducted girls

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“Complicated and challenging” job to liberate Nigeria’s abducted girls

Any military operation to free more than 200 girls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram would be “complicated and challenging” and could end in “disaster”.

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A quarter of Afghans killed in 2015 were children, often targeted

A quarter of all Afghans killed last year were children, many of them targeted in hospitals and schools.

That’s according to the UN’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, who has been on a fact-finding mission in the country this week.

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