South Sudan to end use of child soldiers

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The army in Southern Sudan has pledged to demobilise all child soldiers by the end of the year.

The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) has established a child protection unit to fulfil the pledge.

The UN children's agency estimates that the SPLA, thought to have already discharged more than 20,000 children, still includes about 900 in its ranks.

Sudan's civil war ended with a peace agreement in 2005, which committed both sides to an extensive process of demobilisation. But tensions have remained high in the run up to the referendum....

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