Central African Government, rebels sign UN deal on reintegrating child soldiers
"This important process will allow the restoration of children's rights in Gordil."
- Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF representative
Gordil, Central African Republic - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Central African Republic (CAR) and the country's major rebel group have signed an agreement that will allow some child soldiers in the northeast -- the scene of fierce fighting in recent months -- to return to their families and become reintegrated with their former communities.
UFDR has already agreed to release some 400 children from its ranks in the Vakaga region, while under the deal UNICEF will also help prevent the future recruitment of children into armed groups.