(Institute for Security Studies) – Recent reports underline the worsening situation of child soldiers employed by warring factions to commit indiscriminate violence in South Sudan.  According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than 17 000 children have been recruited by government and opposition forces in South Sudan since the war began in 2013. About 1 300 children were recruited in 2016 alone. The report also highlighted the abhorrent number of children killed, maimed, abducted or sexually assaulted.