(The Global and Mail) -The Trump administration has given the green light to Canada to dispatch up to 600 soldiers on a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Mali, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding back approval as he assesses the volatile risks of fighting Islamist rebels who use child soldiers. A new Canadian Armed […]

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(AP) – A network of organizations seeking to protect children in conflict urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to add 11 parties to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children. The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict’s recommended additions included the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, which was taken off […]

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(UNHCR) – Tuareg mother Fatimata and her cattle herder family hid out in the desert of northern Mali after violence between armed groups erupted four years ago, waiting for the situation to improve. But despite a UN-brokered Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in June last year, which sought to end years of uprisings in the remote […]

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(Spiegel) – The war robbed him of a homeland but in the refugee camp there was no future. That’s why Abdallah and his friends returned — to fight as child soldiers against Mali’s hated government. Abdallah’s war is only a short bus ride away. Mali, Abdallah’s long-suffering country, is 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the house where the […]

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(Mali) – In the wake of the violent protests on 18 and 19 April in Kidal, northern Mali, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that the events disrupted children’s education in the region and endangered their safety. According to sources verified by UNICEF, many children were removed from classrooms during the school day to participate […]

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(The Daily Beast) – In the aftermath of the attack on a hotel in Burkina Faso on Friday, just as in the attack on a luxury hotel in Mali in November, photographs of the killers showed some of them to be boys in their early teens. After the Nov. 20, 2015, attack in Bamako, the Malian capital, […]

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(UN News Centre) – Despite considerable progress in Mali, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned that the peace process in the country remains fragile, and stressed the need to urgently defeat political, security and humanitarian challenges. Last June, a peace agreement was signed by the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), following its signature in May […]

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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Insecurity in northern Mali has forced teachers to flee and schools to remain closed, leaving hundreds of thousands of children out of education three months into the academic year, the United Nations said on Friday. More than 380,000 children aged seven to 15 are still out of school almost four years after conflict […]

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(Watchlist Press Release) – Watchlist sources in Mali confirm that four boys formerly associated with armed groups remain in detention at the Central Prison of Bamako and Koulikoro, alongside adults, even though separate juvenile facilities exist. Watchlist requests the Malian authorities to immediately transfer these children to the relevant child protection actors in accordance with its […]

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(Reuters) – Hundreds of children returned to school in a town in northern Mali this week, a sign that security may be returning after years of conflict involving rival armed groups and Islamist militants. But some school reopenings were postponed due to anti-government protests and the main teachers’ union says its members will not return without army […]

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