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More than 350 child soldiers released by C.Africa armed groups: UNICEF

The UN estimates that between 6,000 and 10,000 children are held by armed factions in the Central African Republic long riven by coups, army mutinies and insurgencyArmed groups in strife-torn Central African Republic released 350 child soldiers Thursday, honouring a deal signed with UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency said. “After two years of heavy fighting, the release of children by these groups … is a real step towards peace,” said UNICEF’s representative in Bangui, Mohamed Malick Fall. “This was the start of a process that we hope will result in the release of thousands of children associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic,” said Fall.

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