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Armed groups in South Sudan release more than 100 child soldiers

South Sudan | UNICEF says an estimated 16,000 children remain in armed forces
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/28/16, 10:27 am

Armed groups in South Sudan released 145 child soldiers on Wednesday, according to UNICEF, but ongoing recruitment of child soldiers continues across the country.

The United Nations children’s agency said the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), led by former Vice President Riek Machar, and the Cobra Faction, which had signed a peace deal with the government in 2014, released the children.

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Report: UN soldiers fled fighting in South Sudan

South Sudan | U.S.-based group says UN peacekeepers are failing their mission
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/06/16, 10:54 am

UN peacekeepers fled their posts during renewed clashes in South Sudan’s capital in July and failed to protect civilians outside the bases, the Center for Civilians in Conflict said in a report released Wednesday.

The report, based on interviews with 59 civilians and 29 UN mission officials, is the latest in a thread of incidents in which peacekeepers have failed to protect civilians in the war-torn country. The U.S.-based group called on the Security Council to hold guilty peacekeepers accountable and ensure more support for its troops in conflict zones.

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Rebels in South Sudan vow to destroy regime

South Sudan | The former vice president gathers troops to prepare for attacks
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/27/16, 10:29 am

South Sudan’s government is seeking support from regional countries after opposition leader and former vice president Riek Machar called for armed resistance against President Salva Kiir’s government.

The announcement comes amid heavy fighting between opposition forces in the country’s oil-rich Unity state that led several aid organizations to pull out their workers from the region. The ongoing clashes have sustained concerns that the young country is still on the brink of another civil war.

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