Plan to end use of child soldiers in North Darfur welcomed by UNAMID

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Former child soldier. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

A plan to end the use of child soldiers in ethnic clashes in North Darfur has been welcomed by the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

According to UNAMID, the community-led plan has been initiated by a local leader, Sheikh Musa Hilal, and endorsed by leaders of various ethnic communities in the Sudanese region.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced in Darfur since a civil war broke out in 2003 between armed rebel groups and the Sudanese government forces and their allied militia.

UNAMID Force Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mella says problems persist in the region.

"As (of) the beginning of this year, we experienced another displacement of approximately 330,000 internally displaced people. So the number has increased. It is now slightly over two million and these people are living in more than 120 IDP camps scattered in all five states of Darfur and this is a big number." (22")

General Mella said that since the rainy season started in July, there has been a decline in clashes between the rebels and government forces but an increase in criminal activities and isolated ethnic clashes.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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