South Sudan Militant Group to Release Thousands of Child Soldiers

January 27, 2015 7:34 PM

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South Sudan Militant Group to Release Thousands of Child Soldiers

Nearly three hundred children between ages 11 and 17 laid down their arms Tuesday, in the first step of an ambitious program to reintegrate some 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, according to UNICEF.

The children are members of the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction, a militant group in eastern Sudan whose leader, David Yau Yau, signed a peace agreement with the government last year amid ongoing violence in the country.

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