oa Arms Control : Africa - Southern Sudan : child soldiers or Armed Civilians?
Extracted from text ... 6 In 2002, under a demobilisation programme carried out by Save the Children-Sweden, 562 child soldiers in southern Sudan were released and reunited with their families. This was the first of a series of demobilizations of children who form part of various civil defence organisations charged with protecting communities and their resources in the region. These are not children directly involved in the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), or any ""regular"" armed force, but rather armed child civilians. According to the non-binding Cape Town Principles on the Prevention of Recruitment of Children into the Armed Forces and Demobilization and ..
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