Child soldiers

FILE - In this Thursday, June 21, 2018 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. South Sudan rival leaders on Thursday Feb. 20, 2020, announced they have agreed to form a coalition government. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)
February 20, 2020 - 10:44 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders on Thursday announced they have agreed to form a coalition government just two days before the deadline, a breakthrough after months of delays and a major step in the emergence from a five-year civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people in the...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019 file photo, former FARC rebel Seuxis Hernandez, also known as Jesus Santrich, flashes a victory sign at journalists as he attends a session of the Chamber of Representatives at the Colombian congress in Bogota, Colombia. Hernandez along with a group of former peace negotiators for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced in a video published Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, that they are taking up arms again following what they considered the failure of conservative President Ivan Duque to guarantee their political rights after the signing of a landmark peace deal. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)
August 29, 2019 - 10:11 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced Thursday that he and a small cadre of hardline supporters are taking up arms again, accusing President Ivan Duque of failing to uphold the 2016 accord that sought to end a half century of...
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July 18, 2019 - 5:55 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges have upheld a ruling that found a convicted warlord from the Democratic Republic of Congo liable for $10 million in reparations to hundreds of victims. Thursday's appeals judgment also cleared the way for more victims to seek...
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Congolese militia commander Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the ICC (International Criminal Court) during his trial at the Hague in the Netherlands, Monday July 8, 2019. The ICC is expected to pass judgement Monday on Ntaganda, accused of overseeing the slaughter of civilians by his soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. (Eva Plevier/Pool via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 5:49 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court on Monday convicted a notorious rebel commander known as "The Terminator" of 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery for his role in atrocities in a bloody ethnic conflict in a...
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In this photo taken in May 2019, and released by the West Papua Liberation Army-Free Papua Organization, men and boys from the West Papua Liberation Army pose with weapons in the Nduga region of the central highlands, Papua province, Indonesia. (West Papua Liberation Army-Free Papua Organization via AP)
June 25, 2019 - 9:39 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian military spokesman said Tuesday that any use of child soldiers by Papuan independence fighters would be a violation of human rights that implicates both the rebels and state institutions. The Associated Press reported last week that the long-simmering armed...
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May 10, 2019 - 12:37 pm
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities say nearly 900 children who were enlisted in a civilian defense militia in northeastern Nigeria have been officially separated from the group in accordance with a U.N. accord. The children had been part of a group that was helping government forces fight armed...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, walks in with Ivanka Trump, the daughter and assistant to President Donald Trump, during an event to announce the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) ceremony at the US State Department in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 28, 2018 - 3:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Children removed from their families and placed in institutional care are at greater risk of being trafficked, the U.S. warned Thursday in an annual report. The State Department report, which ranks governments in their efforts to combat slavery and the flesh trade, left the Trump...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, former child soldiers stand in line waiting to be registered with UNICEF to receive a release package, in Yambio, South Sudan. At a new "laying down of the guns" ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 112 boys and 95 girl child soldiers were returned to their families in areas outside the town of Yambio. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)
April 18, 2018 - 6:12 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1,000 children freed in the coming months. An estimated 19,000 children are believed to be in armed forces amid the country's 5-year civil...
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February 15, 2018 - 3:53 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Six African nations are among the 10 worst in the world to be a child in a war zone, a new report says. The Save the Children report released Thursday looks at factors including attacks on schools, child soldier recruitment, sexual violations, killings and lack of...
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In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, children play in empty cardboard boxes during a food distribution by Oxfam outside Akobo town, one of the last rebel-held strongholds in South Sudan. Child abductions have risen during South Sudan's civil war as desperate people try to make a living, and one child, no matter the age, is said to sell for 20 cows, worth about $7,000. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
February 04, 2018 - 9:30 pm
AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) — It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his feet. "They were playing right there," Machar...
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