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Darfur rebel group signs UNICEF child protection deal

Child soldier. Photo: Pierre Holtz, UNICEF CAR, www.hdptcar.net.

Source: Panos

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and a major rebel group in the Sudanese region of Darfur signed a deal on Wednesday to protect local children from violence and prevent them from being recruited as soldiers.

 

Mediators from the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue released a copy of the agreement in which the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) committed to handover to UNICEF all children currently associated with the group and also children who might have been recruited by other parties.

Under the deal UNICEF officials will be allowed access to monitor places, people and relevant documents. There were around 6,000 child soldiers in Darfur in 2008, according to UNICEF estimates.

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