(GCPEA) – “And now we can go to school!” declared 10-year-old “Pablo,” taking off his cap and using it to gesture towards the small cement and wood structure across the yard. Grabbing me by the hand, he pulled me off the covered patio into the pouring rain, over to the three new classrooms awaiting their first […]

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(ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) observed a clear reduction in the impact of the internal armed conflict on the civilian population in Colombia in 2016. The bilateral ceasefire between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government was a milestone and brought about a significant decrease in the […]

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(AFP) – Colombia’s FARC rebels have begun removing child soldiers from their ranks as part of a landmark peace deal, the Red Cross said Friday. The leftist guerrillas’ use of underage fighters was one of the thorniest issues in four years of peace talks with the government, which yielded an accord last November to end half a […]

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(International Peace Institute) – Fewer than one in five documents related to peace processes and ceasefires include provisions for protecting children, according to Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict research. Watchlist Executive Director Eva Smets said this was despite “repeated high-level political agreement and encouragement to incorporate these provisions.” Link

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(IOM) – This monthly review, produced by IOM, provides a summary of news related to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) in Colombia, along with statistics on ex-combatant adults and disengaged children. Link

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(News Deeply) – Juanita Barragán was recruited by Colombia’s left-wing FARC guerrilla group when she was just 13. She thought revolutionary life would offer an escape from a childhood of poverty and neglect, but the reality of fighting was very different. She is one of thousands of child soldiers who have been used by the different […]

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(The Local) – A report by the German Alliance for Child Soldiers and other non-profits on Thursday shows that child soldiers in multiple countries often end up using German-made arms. Michael Davies from Sierra Leone was once a child soldier fighting in the civil war-torn west African country. His weapons of choice: German. “When I had […]

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(Colombia Reports) – The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebel group to speed up the release of the child soldiers among their ranks, in an interview with El Tiempo.“We must move from word to action in the case of the FARC children,” Christoph Harnisch said. He added that “[he […]

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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Dozens of child soldiers are expected to be released from Colombia’s FARC rebel group in the coming weeks as part of a peace deal that ended one of the world’s longest-running civil wars. Under a November peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ending 52-years of […]

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(Colombia Reports) – Colombia’s opposition called on Congress to freeze an ongoing peace process with the FARC after the guerrillas failed to surrender child soldiers as promised. On Wednesday, Democratic Center senator and former President Alvaro Uribe proposed a suspension of the vote on the transitional justice system that is part of a peace deal with […]

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