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More child soldiers released in Gbudue

At least 120 child soldiers were released from the armed groups in Yambio on Tuesday.

Of the 128 children, 38 are girls who were conscripted amidst the 5-year conflict.

During the ceremony, the children were formally disarmed and provided with civilian clothes.

“The duties we were doing there were cooking, washing clothes and fetching water. While the soldiers were looting items and breaking into people’s homes,” said a 14 year-old girl.

The young girl was abducted from Birisi by an armed group in the area.

Children like her are often abducted when they are unaccompanied or while doing some activists with their fellows.

“They abducted us when we are playing football and those whom I was playing football with all ran and left me. They said, if I run they will shoot and kill me,” said a teenage boy who was also released on Tuesday.

According to UNICEF, which secured the release of the children, medical screenings will be carried out, and children will receive counselling and psychosocial support as part of the reintegration program.

This is the fourth release of children in a series that will see over 900 children released from the ranks of armed group in 2018.

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