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Children recruited into S. Sudanese conflict passes 17,000: UN

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December 16, 2016 (JUBA)- New figures released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says some 1,300 children were recruited by armed forces and armed groups in 2016, bringing the total number of children used in conflict since 2013 to over 17,000.

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Child soldiers sit with their rifles at a ceremony held on 10 February 2015 as part of a disarmament campaign overseen by UNICEF and partners in Pibor (AFP)

“Since the first day of this conflict, children have been the ones most devastatingly affected by the violations,” said Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

“Now, as the fighting intensifies – and despite repeated pledges by all to end child recruitment – children are once again being targeted,” she added.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and SPLA in Opposition have both signed agreements with the UN in order to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in the conflict.

So far, 1,932 children, according to UNICEF, have been released by armed forces, with 1,755 of them released in 2015 and 177 this year.

UNICEF also says that violations against children have continued to occur since 2013, including 2,342 who have been killed or maimed, 3,090 who have been abducted, and 1,130 sexually assaulted.

There have also been 303 attacks or military use of schools and hospitals, the agency stressed.

Since November, the world body has reportedly documented at least 50 children who have been abducted and recruited in the Greater Upper Nile region.

Reports further indicate that another 50 have been recruited in the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region and that violations against children have occurred in the Greater Equatorias area, but due to the high level of insecurity and restricted access, claims the UN has not verified.

In addition to the ongoing armed conflict, South Sudan is suffering an economic crisis that has brought inflation to more than 800 per cent, leading to widespread food insecurity and childhood malnutrition at emergency levels throughout most of the country.

UNICEF and its partners have treated 184,000 children with severe cases of malnutrition this year – an increase of 50 per cent from last year and more than 135 per cent higher from 2014.

“UNICEF’s concern is that with the prospect of increased hostilities and atrocities, the suffering that children have endured will have no end,” said Pakkala.

“The children of South Sudan must no longer live under constant fear of hunger or conflict. They need sustained peace, care and support,” she stressed.

The South Sudanese crisis, which broke out in December 2013, has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians, according to the world body.

However, despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the violent war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions of the world’s youngest nation.

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