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16,000 children in South Sudan forced into conflict since 2013: UN

Young boys attend a disarmament ceremony for child soldiers on February 10, 2015Up to 16,000 children have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan since the start of a civil conflict in 2013, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said Friday. Despite an peace agreement in August, fighting continues to rage in the two-year civil conflict in the world’s youngest nation, with children suffering an increasingly heavy toll. “There are now 16,000 children associated with armed groups and the military,” UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told reporters, adding that minors continued to be killed, kidnapped and subjected to sexual violence.

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