Sudan Rebel Groups

What's the Problem?

According to the UN Children's Agency, a South Sudan rebel group has released 250 child soldiers.  Back in December of 2013, a civil war broke out after President Salva Kiir accused rebel leader Riek Machar of attempting a coup.  Tens of thousands of people have been killed, along with two million others who have been forced to leave their homes, and four million who are living with starvation.  Although a law was passed and signed by President Kiir and rebel leader Machar, 12,000 children, if not more, have been fighting for the South Sudan army.  

Important Information

The main opponent in this situation is the South Sudanese rebel group.  This group is using thousands of children to fight the civil war that is occurring. The United Nations and the United Nations Children's Fund are working together to free the children soldiers and protect them from other harm.  Rebel groups gain child soldiers by either attacking civilians and kidnapping, or from being forcibly recruited.  The cause of the conflict all started when President Kiir accused rebel leader, Machar, of attempting a coup in 2013.  This angered Machar and his followers, resulting in a civil war which is still being fought today.  To end this issue, the UN has signed an action plan with the Sudan government which ends all recruitment and use of children under 18 as soldiers.  Since then, there has been a slight decrease in the recruitment and use of child soldiers in South Sudan armies, but is has not ended completely.

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