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12/9/2013 (7 months ago)

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2.3 million children affected by ongoing violence in CAR

While there is a greater global awareness of the heinous practice, the number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic, or Car has only grown since the outbreak of the 2012 conflict. It's estimated that there are between 3,500 and 6,000, the United Nations' children's agency UNICEF says.

Eighty percent of primary schools in CAR have remain shuttered, leaving 70 percent of primary school aged children out of school. Children who are not in school are the most vulnerable to recruitment, UNICEF warns.

Eighty percent of primary schools in CAR have remain shuttered, leaving 70 percent of primary school aged children out of school. Children who are not in school are the most vulnerable to recruitment, UNICEF warns.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/9/2013 (7 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Central African Republic, child soldiers, UNICEF


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - UNICEF warns that 2.3 million children have been affected by the ongoing violence and more than 600,000 people have been forced to flee. Instability and chaos is widespread in CAR.

"There must be no further delay in taking effective action; there can be no excuse for failing the children and families of the Central African Republic," Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director said in a statement.

Eighty percent of primary schools in CAR have remain shuttered, leaving 70 percent of primary school aged children out of school. Children who are not in school are the most vulnerable to recruitment, UNICEF warns.

Cases of sexual violence and rape against girls are now being reported to the United Nations as the violence escalates. "Action must be impartial and swift to stop the targeting of children, to protect schools, health facilities and transit centres, and to provide care and support to victims - with no impunity for the perpetrators of these outages against children," Lake added.

Fresh attacks were launched in the capital city Bangui late last week. As many as 140 civilians were killed.

The United Nations Security Council on December 5, authorized an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to be deployed into CAR in an attempt to curb the mounting violence.

The council cited human rights violations such as rape, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence against women and girls, the recruitment and use of children and attacks against civilians among their reasons for reaching the resolution to send peacekeeping forces.

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