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US denounces South Sudan child soldier recruitment

Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement in Opposition soldiers, loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar, are pictured in Juba in April 2016The United States expressed horror Wednesday at reports that the South Sudan government is recruiting child soldiers to fight in its civil war and warned that officials may face sanctions. Washington was one of the main supporters and sponsors of Africa’s newest state when it gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but has been dismayed by its renewed descent into chaos and bloodshed. Earlier this month, the UN children’s agency UNICEF warned that all the factions in the civil war are recruiting children to join the fight, including President Salva Kiir’s government.

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