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Hundreds more children released from armed group in South Sudan

Three hundred children have been released from an armed group in South Sudan, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

The children surrendered their weapons in Pibor, Jonglei State, and will spend their first night in an interim care centre, where they will have access to health and psychological services.

This follows the release two weeks ago of 249 children aged between 11 and 17 in the village of Gumuruk.

The children were recruited by the South Sudan Democratic Army's Cobra Faction.

African girls and boys subjected to high levels of violence

African girls and boys are subjected to high levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence across all levels of society, according to a new report conducted by the African Child Policy Forum .

Studies reveal that despite the significant legal and policy measures undertaken in the region to protect children, too many are still victims of abuse.

This report is the first of its kind in the region and builds upon the commitment by African Union Member States to promote working towards their programme an "Africa Fit for Children".

Teachers in Gaza receive training on explosive remnants of war

More than 1,000 teachers at schools run by the UN Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, have completed a training programme on how to teach students about the dangers of explosive remnants of war.

Many of these lethal devices were left behind after a 50-day war which started last July between Israel and the Palestinian faction, Hamas.

Since the August ceasefire, a reported 46 people have been injured and ten people have died as a result of these explosives.

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