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Huthi forces recruiting child soldiers for front-line combat in Yemen

Reuters photo   By Amnesty International New evidence has emerged of how the Huthi armed group is actively recruiting boys as young as 15 to fight as child soldiers on the front lines of the conflict in Yemen, said human rights NGO Amnesty International after speaking to the families of three boys targeted by the […]

‘I was forced to kill my best friend’, former DRC child soldier says

Antony Njuguna/Reuters   By Lin Taylor It was during an ordinary game of soccer when Michel Chikwanine was abducted at age 5 by rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and recruited into the army.

Colombia child soldiers reluctant to leave FARC ‘family’

John Vizcaino/Reuters   By Anastasia Moloney The release of scores of child soldiers from Colombia’s FARC rebel group is a top priority, but some are reluctant to leave because they fear an uncertain future away from the insurgents they view as family, a guerrilla commander said.

UN envoy welcomes Yemen truce, says difficult compromises needed

REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah By Lou Charbonneau and William Maclean The United Nations special envoy for Yemen welcomed the start of a tentative truce in the country’s year-old conflict on Monday and said peace talks due to start later this month would require difficult compromises for all sides.

300 children released from armed group in South Sudan

  By Peter Louis UNICEF and its associated partners are currently overseeing the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan.

Widespread human rights abuses by all sides as South Sudan peace process gets underway

By Peter Louis Widespread human rights violations and abuses have been committed in South Sudan by all parties to the conflict since December 2013, including hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, sexual violence, forced recruitment and indiscriminate attacks against civilians, according to a UN report published.

283 child soldiers freed in final release from armed group in South Sudan

  By Peter Louis 282 boys and 1 girl have been freed in the final release of children associated with the Cobra Faction armed group, in South Sudan.

Campaign against sexual violence in eastern DRC

By Darell Maurice The Democratic Republic of the Congo last week launched a major campaign against sexual violence in two Eastern provinces of the country plagued by chronic instability for the past twenty years.

Trial of warlord Bosco Ntaganda continues at the ICC

  By Sylvain Muyali The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is satisfied with the opening of the trial of former warlord Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The government’s spokesperson Lambert Mende on Thursday stated in the aftermath of initial proceedings that legal action will contribute to rolling […]

Trial of former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda begins at the ICC

  By Sylvain Muyali Nicknamed ‘The Terminator’, General Bosco Ntaganda was one of the main perpetrators of the violence that decimated the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2002 and 2003. Yesterday he was at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for his trial for crimes against humanity.

Discussing ‘Peace and Security Co-operation’ in Central Africa

  By Anant Mishra International Geography The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) comprises of ten countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe. Each of these sovereign nations is also part of the Economic Community for Central African […]


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Numbers in South Sudan Protection of Civilians camps increase

By Peter Louis The Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in the South Sudanese town Bentiu has been fluctuating in term of numbers due to the scarcity of food, the difficulty to move around and the spike of fighting.