UNICEF condemns killing of teen in CAR

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Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, condemns in the strongest terms the killing of a 17 year old boy in the Central African Republic, the CAR.

Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Spokesperson in Geneva, says the young man was part of a group of 64 children and youth associated with armed groups that had moved to Bangui, the capital, when fighting intensified.

“On the 24th of April, the 17 year old and a 19 year old were ordered by a Seleka officer known as "the Colonel" to steal a vehicle in the Bangui neighbourhood. A crowd gathered at the scene and the two youth were stoned to death while "the Colonel" leading the attempted theft fled the scene.”

Ms. Mercado says all children have the right to be protected from violence.

The recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is one of the six grave violations being observed by the monitoring reporting mechanism in the CAR.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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