Southern Sudan to purge child soldiers from army

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JUBA, Sudan (AP) - The government of southern Sudan says they are purging child soldiers from the ranks of its former rebel army.

The Sudan People's Liberation Army on Monday launched its Child Protection Department, intended to help the army fulfill an agreement it signed with the U.N. in November. The agreement commits the army to release all the children in its ranks by the end of the year.

The U.N. Children's Fund estimates that about 900 children serve as soldiers in the south. The southern military did not say how many child soldiers it believes it has, but the chief of staff indicated it was several thousand.

Oil-rich Southern Sudan is widely expected to vote for independence from Northern Sudan in a scheduled January referendum.


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 101817618 -
Gray Television, Inc.