Over 300 child soldiers have officially been released by armed groups in Yambio to begin reintegrating into their communities and learning new skills to support themselves, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said.

Child soldiers sit with their rifles at a ceremony held on 10 February 2015 as part of a disarmament campaign overseen by UNICEF and partners in Pibor (AFP)

“Children should not be carrying guns and killing each other. They should be playing, learning, having fun with friends, protected and cherished by the adults around them,” said the UN’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMISS, David Shearer on Tuesday.

A total of 700 children have been screened and registered for release in phases – 563 from the South Sudan National Liberation Movement (SSNLM) and 137 associated with the Sudan People’s



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