(CAJ News) – South Sudanese children clad in military and police uniforms have been spotted manning checkpoints, guarding military facilities and carrying heavy weapons throughout the country as the crisis deteriorates.
In the wake of these continued violations against minors, United Nations envoys have proposed sanctions on perpetrators of the conflict.
As the situation deteriorates, it has coincided with large-scale child recruitment and use in war, the targeting of children on the basis of ethnic identity by means of killing and abduction, unlawful deprivation of liberty, rape, sexual violence, burning of villages and looting, as well as the denial of humanitarian access. “Children have been victims and witnesses of the most appalling violations,” said Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.