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Nigeria: Nearly 900 child soldiers released

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According to UNICEF, a total of 894 children, including 106 girls, were released from the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria, on 10 May. The CJTF was formed in 2013 a local militia that supports security forces in the fight against insurgency in northeastern Nigeria and protects communities from attack. The release is part of CJTF’s commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children. “Any commitment for children that is matched with action is a step in the right direction for the protection of children’s rights and must be recognised and encouraged,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF representative in Nigeria.” According to UNICEF, more than 3 500 children were recruited in northeastern Nigeria and used by non-state armed groups between 2013-17. To date, CJTF has released 1 727 children and young people.


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