"Grave violations" against children revealed in UN report

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Leila Zerrougui.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A report detailing grave violations committed against children in 23 countries is being released at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The Secretary-General's annual report on children and armed conflict contains incidents reported in countries including Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

It lists armed groups and armed forces that kill or injure children or that recruit young people to fight in conflict situations.

The report which is being presented by Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict also details acts of sexual violence committed against children as well as attacks on schools and hospitals in conflict zones.

Ms Zerrougi recently returned from a visit to South Sudan during which she met children who had been recruited into armed groups.

During the visit, the South Sudanese government committed to releasing all young people fighting in the country’s armed forces and helping them to reintegrate into society.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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