(VOA) – In the last 18 months of yet another armed conflict, as many as 10,000 children in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) have been recruited by armed groups. To date, UNICEF has negotiated for the release of 1,400 of these young boys and girls who now face the struggle of reintegrating into society. In Jerome’s village, the attack was swift and violent. During the Seleka rebel raid, some people were burned in their homes while others were shot as they tried to run. “I’ll never forget that day,” Jerome said, his voice breaking. “The Seleka killed my uncle. That pushed me to join the anti-balaka militia.”