C.African Republic militias agree to free child soldiers

Armed factions in Central African Republic agreed on Tuesday to free all child soldiers and other children used as sex slaves or menial workers, boosting UN-driven efforts at national reconciliation after two years of turmoil. The pact signed by the eight main militia groups in the landlocked ex-French colony covers an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 children, according

to United Nations child agency UNICEF. Armed groups also pledged to end the recruitment of children. The accord emerged from a week-long national reconciliation forum which began on Monday with the goal of ending conflict that has killed thousands and driven more than a million people from their homes. “This is a major step forward for the protection of children in this country,” said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF envoy to Central African Republic.

via ynetnews.com

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