Nine boys and a girl aged between 15 and 17 have been released from the army. Recently, the minors were seen in one of military training centers of the unified forces in Juba.
Soldiers from government and armed oppositions, are undergoing a transformative training as a requirement in the revitalized peace agreement.
The United Nations Children Agency, UNICEF has welcomed their release. Helen Sandbu Ryeng, Communication Specialist for UNICEF, spoke to eye radio.
“As you know, all the parties have committed to not using children at all, so at one of this cantonment sites, we came across 10 children and we advocated for their release knowing that there will be graduation later this week, we thought it was very urgent to remove them from that place,” Sandbu said.
She says the children are being taken care of while their families are being traced. UNICEF said in 2019 that about 19,000 children were associated with armed groups in the country.