UNICEF working to free child soldiers in Somalia

Elhadj As Sy

A week after downgrading the famine rating in three areas of Somalia, the UN on Friday warned of the continuing threats facing children in the region.

Last month alone, 24 children were killed in armed conflicts in South and Central Somalia.

Elhadj As Sy, UNICEF'S Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, says thousands of lives have been saved since the famine was first announced, but warns of the practice of children being recruited by armed forces.

"The usual fact in most situation of crises, those who are the most vulnerable are the ones who suffer most, and among them are children and women. We do have evidence that children have been recruited in the armed forces, and we have been discussing in those parties to free them. So we have identified 600 children already and we think that there are more so we will continue to do that work to free them. The future of children in a crisis like this is how to give them hope, how to give them a perspective for a better future."

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