(British Red Cross) – On a warm afternoon on a backstreet in the city of Maiduguri, a teenage boy hunches over, polishing a pair of leather shoes. The owner of the shoes seems oblivious to the boy’s toils, instead concentrating on the bright three-wheeled keke-marwas that buzz in and out of the queues of cars. […]

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(HRW) – When US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excluded Iraq, Burma, and Afghanistan from the State Department’s list of countries using child soldiers earlier this year, my colleagues and I at Human Rights Watch were angry. It turns out we weren’t the only ones. Today, Reuters reported a rare “dissent memo” from State Department officials, […]

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(UNICEF) – Unsafe or damaged schools, absent teachers and dangerous journeys to class are among the destructive ways that conflict is impacting the learning prospects of young Africans according to a new UNICEF survey carried out in four countries. Based on polling among 128,000 young people* in Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda, Chad and Nigeria, the survey […]

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(SCR) – This is Security Council Report’s (SCR) eighth research report dedicated to tracking the UN Security Council’s involvement with the issue of children and armed conflict. This report covers key developments during 2016 and through mid-October 2017. It pays particular attention to the role of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, with an […]

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(UNOCHA) – In Chad, 4.7 million people – or one third of the population – are acutely vulnerable and need humanitarian assistance to get by. This is due to forced displacement and chronic drought, combined with pervasive poverty and institutional fragility. Amid these challenges, refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and the host communities who are their […]

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(Child Soldiers International) – Over the last six months, Child Soldiers International has found worrying evidence of child rights violations by the Chadian army, and non-compliance with child protection commitments by the Chadian authorities. These include: inadequate provision of interim care to children formerly associated with the Séléka armed group, resulting in dozens of children absconding […]

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(Child Soldiers International) – Efforts to ensure effective and durable protection against underage recruitment in Chad must not be relaxed after the UN Secretary-General announces today the delisting of the Chadian armed forces in his annual report on children and armed conflict. This is why, in partnership with UNICEF, Child Soldiers International has published and disseminated a booklet […]

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(Child Soldiers International) – In 2013, the deployment of Chadian troops to Mali triggered intense international and national efforts to expedite the implementation of the Action Plan on children associated with armed forces and groups (the Action Plan). As a result, since May 2013 a significant number of reforms to end and prevent child recruitment in […]

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