"Children, not Soldiers" campaign launched in South Sudan

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Schoolchildren in South Sudan singing during the national launch of the campaign "Children, Not Soldiers." Photo: UNMISS

A campaign to stop children from joining the military has been launched in South Sudan by the country's government and the United Nations.

Called "Children, not soldiers", it aims to end the recruitment of minors by government security forces in armed conflict by the end of 2016.

The South Sudanese Minister of Defence Kuol Manyang Juuk said children should be learning how to read and write, not carry weapons.

Last June, the government recommitted to an action plan which calls for measures to make its army free of child soldiers.

The UN reported that the government has already begun issuing orders to all army commanders to stop deploying children.

Meanwhile, detailed plans and activities for ex-child soldiers are being organized by the UN, including psycho-social services and vocational training to allow them to resume life in their communities.

Six other countries are also part of the "Children Not Soldiers” campaign; they are Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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