Former child soldiers released from past
A former child soldier holds a gun as they participate in a child soldiers' release ceremony, outside Yambio, more
Former child soldiers holds up guns as they participate in a release ceremony. Around 19,000 children have beemore
Many are kidnapped at gunpoint. Others choose to join, lured by food and protection in a country whose economymore
South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011, but civil war broke out two years later between the governmmore
Fuelled by personal and ethnic rivalries, the conflict has killed tens of thousands, displaced an estimated thmore
The president of South Sudan and head of the country's main rebel group signed a final cease fire and power-shmore
This release, the third in Yambio, involved 128 children -- 90 boys and 38 girls -- bringing the total to overmore
Thirty-two children took part in this march. They symbolically removed their military clothes, put down their more
Many of the children in the ceremony have been back in their communities for a while, but will now start receimore
Some are going back to school while others will receive vocational training, where over 100 children are learnmore
Guns and gun replicas are laid on the ground before a release ceremony. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
A former child soldier holds a gun. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
A former child soldier participates in a release ceremony. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
A former child soldier fixes his beret. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
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