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Myanmar releases 75 more child soldiers

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:53 PM

There are no concrete figures on how many children are still among the estimated 500,000 troops that serve in Myanmar's military or the ethnic rebel armies

SOLDIERS. Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on August 28, 2017 accused Rohingya fighters of burning down homes and using child soldiers during a recent surge in violence in troubled Rakhine state, allegations denied by the militants themselves. File photo by STR/AFP

The week in photos: February 3-9, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Russian conceptual artist Andrey Kuzkin performs naked and headlong near the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, northern Germany, on February 8, 2018.The performance was part of the series "The Phenomenon of Nature or 99 Landscapes with Trees". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Reinhardt / Germany OUT

A happy ending to a mother's 7-year search for her missing son

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Rowhanisa Abdul Jabbar celebrates the return of her son Ram ram who went missing in 2010

'Is he my son?' Maute child soldier resembles missing boy

Aug 28, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Rowhanisa Abdul Jabar appeals for information about a Maute child soldier who she said resembles the son she lost in July 2010

MISSING BOY. A mother begs for information about a Maute child warrior who resembles the son she lost in 2010

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I met a former Maute soldier. He’s a child.

Jun 14, 2017 - 5:36 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Rappler talks to a former Maute Group child soldier Cayamora and Farhana Maute promise his parents he will study Koran but they turn him into a fighter instead

TRAINING. Child soldiers are taught to kill early on. Rappler sourced photo

UN says 145 child soldiers released in South Sudan

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Freed children are disarmed given civilian clothes and drafted into a reintegration program They receive counselling and efforts are made to trace their families

Colombia's FARC vow full end to use of child soldiers

Feb 11, 2016 - 12:53 AM

The two sides vow to sign a peace deal by March 23 to end 5 decades of conflict that have left 220 000 people dead

NO MORE CHILD SOLDIERS. Victoria Sandino, member of Farc, reads a press release at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, Cuba, on February 10, 2016, where the guerrilla group announced that they do not recruit into their ranks people under age 18. Photo by Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA

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

May 15, 2015 - 12:03 AM

Armed groups in strife torn Central African Republic release 350 child soldiers honoring a deal signed with UNICEF

ARMED. A child soldier of the Seleka coalition sits on a pickup truck near the Presidential palace in Bangui on March 25, 2013. Photo by Sia Kambou / AFP

C. Africa armed groups vow to free thousands of child soldiers

May 05, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Unicef says leaders of armed groups in strife ravaged Central African Republic agreed to release thousands of child soldiers and to end underage recruitment

CHILDREN AT WAR. Photograph made available 27 June 2007 shows a teenager from Central African Republic at the rebel military base, in Gordil, northeastern Central African Republic, 15 June 2007. Photo by Pierre Holtz / EPA

UN fears hundreds of children kidnapped in South Sudan

Mar 01, 2015 - 7:31 PM

An earlier statement by UN pegged the number of kidnapped boys at 89 UN has said fighting forces in South Sudan have used 12 000 children as soldiers

CIVIL WAR. UNICEF estimates there are at least 12,000 children used by both sides in South Sudan's ongoing civil war. File photo by AFP

UN envoy reports child soldiers in South Sudan

Jan 17, 2014 - 10:18 PM

Child soldiers in South Sudan are reportedly fighting in the more than month long conflict with mass killings reported to have taken place

UN: DR Congo groups must free child soldiers

Oct 24, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Almost 1 000 children aged from 6 to 17 years old were recruited by armed groups

VICTIMS. Children are the most vulnerable to exploitation in times of conflict