Time running out for children in South Sudan says UNICEF
March 25, 2014

(UNICEF) - “On top of the violence and violations that children have suffered for nearly 100 days, they are now at greater risk than ever of disease and malnutrition. Time is running out for the children of the world’s newest nation – we need better resources, better access, peace and security. Children cannot wait.” said Dr Haque.

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There Are at Least 500 Child Soldiers Fighting in Northeast India, and the World Hasn’t Noticed
March 24, 2014

(Times) Insurgent armies in India’s restive Northeast region are exploiting the area’s poverty to recruit and press gang underage fighters — and the problem has dramatically worsened in recent years.

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A Vicious Cycle for Children
March 24, 2014

(Relief Web) - Raped, shot, abused, traumatised: just a few of the things happening to a generation of innocent children in the Central African Republic. War Child research released today finds that atrocities have been committed against children as young as three years old, and 40% of the most vulnerable children have lost their fathers in the bloodshed. Children have been directly targeted by all sides and while donors fail to respond to an 80% funding gap in urgent humanitarian aid, children are forced to witness the murder and rape of their own parents.

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Despite Realities, Security Council Attention Wanes on Children in Armed Conflict
March 21, 2014

(Relief Web) - Children in warzones are subjected to killing, maiming, torture, recruitment into armed forces, sexual violence, and forced displacement: there is no need to emphasize the horrific impact of armed conflict on children in today’s conflict zones. It is worrying, then, that there are certain states that would like to see the issue of children and armed conflict given less attention as a priority thematic issue in the UN Security Council.

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Dallaire: Canada must act in Central African Republic to avoid another Rwanda
March 21, 2014

(Toronto Star) - He was 12 years old when his older brother was shot dead, 14 when a militia recruited him, fed him drugs and put him on the front lines, and now at 16, he is trying to move past the fighting, as the crisis in his country worsens. Jean is one of the Central African Republic’s estimated 6,000 child soldiers and he tells his story while sitting on a bench in a makeshift classroom, occasionally wiping sweat from his forehead in the 40-degree heat.

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War Child Calls for Increased Child Protection in Syria
March 20, 2014

(War Child) - At the 25th session of the Human Rights Council convened this week in Geneva, War Child presented new findings on the Syrian conflict to the international community at its side event ‘Children Affected by Armed Conflict: The Extent of the Child Protection Emergency in Syria’. More than 50 representatives of nation states and non-governmental organisations were in attendance.

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Colombia: Disappearances Plague Major Port
March 20, 2014

(Human Rights Watch) - Paramilitary successor groups have abducted and disappeared scores, and possibly hundreds, of residents of the largely Afro-Colombian port of Buenaventura, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video released today. Thousands of residents have been fleeing their homes in the city each year, making Buenaventura the municipality with the highest level of ongoing forced displacement in Colombia today.

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Burmese armed group commits to child protection and the prohibition of sexual violence
March 19, 2014

(Geneva Call) - On 19 March 2014 in Geneva, representatives from the Burma/Myanmar armed non-State actor -  the Chin National Front (CNF) and its armed wing the Chin National Army (CNA) – signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict and the Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence in armed conflict and against gender discrimination.

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Three years on, UN’s top humanitarian officials urge end to Syrian conflict
March 15, 2014

(UN News) - With nearly 13 million Syrians uprooted from their homes, senior United Nations officials warn that without a political solution to the conflict, which today enters its fourth year, Syria and its people face years more of destruction and continued brutality… An entire generation of children has been traumatized and brutalized. 

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On 3rd Anniversary Of Syrian Civil War, Children Face Malnutrition, Poverty and Death
March 15, 2014

(The Huffington Post) - Saturday marks three years since the start of the bloody civil war in Syria that has made life for children in the area particularly insufferable. Before the violence began, Syrian children held a world of potential in their hands. In March 2011, 97 percent of school-age children were enrolled in school and literacy rates surpassed the regional average, according to a recent UNICEF report. Two years later, just 30 percent of Syrian children had access to education. The number of children affected by the crisis doubled to 5.5 million in the past year, according to UNICEF.

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