UN urges Gov’t to investigate forced recruitment of child soldiers

By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei

The United Nations Child Rights Committee has urged South Sudan government to investigate all the cases of Child recruitment by armed forces and hold the perpetrators accountable to ensure that the victims are provided with remedies.

This came after the UN Child Rights Committee (CTC) on Thursday published its finding on Germany, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Philippines, South Sudan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

In its statement released to the media, the CTC said it was alarmed by the continued recruitment and use of children in armed conflict in South Sudan.

It cited that the UN had verified the recruitment and use of 129 children in 2021, 30 percent of whom had been recruited under the age of 15.

However, the statement also stated that climate change has caused food security leading to high malnutrition within the Country.

“Concerning the high malnutrition rate due to acute food insecurity resulting from climate change and exacerbated by armed conflict, the Committee requested South Sudan to negotiate safe corridors with all parties to the conflict to allow the unhindered and rapid delivery of humanitarian aid, especially food and medicines, to all children as a matter of priority,” it stated in its statement seen by No.1 Citizens Daily Newspaper.

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