South Sudan: More Than 60 Children Released from Armed Groups in Yambio

By PHILLIP MBUGO, UNMISS Sixty-eight children associated with armed groups were released today in Yambio, South Sudan, following an assessment and verification conducted by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Child Protection Unit and the national Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) commission. This is the [...]

2019-02-04T17:22:34-05:00Thursday, 31 January 2019|

Children Among the Largest Casualties of Afghan Conflict Say Herat Religious Scholars

Original story by UNAMA HERAT – Child casualties from Afghanistan’s conflict are running at alarming rates, say religious scholars during a UN-backed seminar on human rights in the western province of Herat. Religious scholars, human rights activists, provincial and district authorities from Herat and surrounding areas gathered to discuss practical measures which communities can undertake to [...]

2019-01-11T10:45:37-05:00Friday, 11 January 2019|

South Sudan: UNMISS and UNICEF Support the Reunification of Abducted Children with their Families

Original story by Filip Andersson, UNMISS Every big journey starts with a small step. The first such steps, crucial ones at that, towards a happy family reunion have been taken by three young boys. Abducted in 2017, they have been released, and on Friday 14 December they arrived, from Bor, in Juba on board a [...]

2018-12-17T10:57:40-05:00Monday, 17 December 2018|

In Nigeria, a new start for children who survived abductions

When Fati was taken by an armed group in her hometown, she thought she'd never see her family again. By Kusali Nellie Kubwalo, UNICEF Nigeria BORNO, Nigeria – Fati* smiles, waving as the van pulls out of the transit centre in which she has stayed for two months. After being held for three years by a [...]

2018-12-14T11:25:31-05:00Monday, 10 December 2018|

South Sudan: Opposition Forces in Jonglei Receive Training from UNMISS to End Child Recruitment

By UNMISS, GIDEON SACKITEY “The children in this place are our own. They are our brothers and sisters, we will not put them in harm’s way.” These emotional remarks by Jamus Ayut, the County Commissioner in Akobo, set the scene at the opening of a two-day workshop on child protection for 50 soldiers from the [...]

2018-12-11T16:41:32-05:00Friday, 30 November 2018|

Afghanistan: Street Theatre in Kandahar Promotes the Rights of Children in Armed Conflict

KANDAHAR - The importance of protecting the rights and well-being of children in the ongoing conflict came to life during several UN-backed events in Kandahar and Kunduz in recent weeks. Hundreds of community members, including women and children, gathered in several districts of the southern province of Kandahar to watch theatrical performances organized by UNAMA’s regional [...]

2018-12-11T16:57:29-05:00Thursday, 22 November 2018|

Building Peace: Protecting Children in Conflict

"The protection of children is a topic of universal resonance for all of us," highlighted the Director-General of UN Office in Geneva, Michael Møller, as he kick started Geneva Peace Week 2018 with the event Building Peace: Protecting Children in Conflict on 4 November 2018. "This type of event is exactly why we started Geneva Peace Week, here in [...]

2018-11-14T12:21:13-05:00Wednesday, 14 November 2018|

South Sudan: Children Share Stories of Sufferings with Security Council Working Group

by Francesca Mold, UNMISS James Korok is just nineteen-years-old but has already experienced a lifetime of pain, fighting as a child soldier in the war in South Sudan. Despite that, he is one of the lucky ones. Released by the armed forces in remote Pibor, James is back in school and earning US$60 a week [...]

2018-11-08T14:01:45-05:00Thursday, 8 November 2018|

United for the Future: Supporting the Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers

“All of us here today agree on the importance of reintegration to help former child soldiers reclaim their lives. However, despite our efforts, we are still unable to assist everyone,” highlighted the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, at the opening of the event: Funding the Future: Challenges and Responses to the [...]

2018-09-27T12:52:03-04:00Tuesday, 25 September 2018|

The Children and Armed Conflict Office, Part of Kofi Annan’s Legacy

As the world is paying tribute to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away on 18 August 2018, the Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) Office remembers his engagement for global peace, human rights and child protection, but moreover the crucial role he played in the establishment of the CAAC office. The Children and [...]

2021-07-08T10:31:31-04:00Friday, 24 August 2018|
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