(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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(Teen Vogue) – Salina Guo says she’s 60, but looks older. She’s skeleton-thin, hollow-eyed, and hails from the village of Limi in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. Guo’s husband was killed by government troops in November 2016. In January, South Sudanese forces attacked Limi again, killing at least 10 civilians, she and other survivors told me. […]

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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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(Al Jazeera) – For more than two decades Acholiland in northern Uganda suffered at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA fighters, led by Joseph Kony, stand accused of killing 100,000 civilians, and forcing nearly two million people to flee their homes and seek refuge in overcrowded IDP camps. Link

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(International Justice Monitor) – Following a one-month break, Bosco Ntaganda has resumed testimony in his own defense at the International Criminal Court (ICC), denying knowledge of the existence of child soldiers among the Congolese militia forces trained by the Uganda government. Under cross-examination by prosecution lawyer Nicole Samson, Ntaganda stated that Ugandan authorities were in charge […]

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(PRI) – No one seems to remember what the boy’s real name was. But his cousin, Lily Atong, remembers him well. When she talks about him, she gets a distant, wistful look in her eyes. They grew up together, here in this village in northern Uganda. The boy was chubby, she says with a smile. Link

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(PRI) – When he was 11, a group of rebel soldiers came into Kenneth Banya’s village. They told Kenneth that they were lost, and they asked if he could show them the way out of town. Kenneth’s father said no, he can’t give you directions. Kenneth’s father knew exactly how that would end. For more than […]

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(Quartz) – On Dec. 6, the International Criminal Court opened its prosecution of a longtime confidant and henchman of African warlord Joseph Kony. But as the curtain was pulled back on an expensive courtroom drama, it was hard not to be disappointed by the villain who entered the courtroom at The Hague. Dominic Ongwen, a 41-year-old […]

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(Newsweek) – Less than five years ago, Joseph Kony’s name was known across the world. The Ugandan warlord was the subject of “Kony 2012,” an informational video produced by U.S.-based nongovernmental organization Invisible Children. The purpose of the video—which was viewed 100 million times in a week, the fastest YouTube video ever at the time to […]

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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Children whose mothers were raped by rebels in Uganda say war was better than peace because they felt a greater sense of family cohesion and status during the conflict compared to the violence, stigma and rejection they face in peacetime, a study showed. Researchers from Canada’s McGill University interviewed 60 children born […]

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