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9,000 child soldiers fighting in South Sudan war: U.N.

This handout picture taken and released on April 29, 2014 by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) shows United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (C) and Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng (2nd R) visiting Bor. AFP PHOTO / UNMISS / Isaac Alebe Avoro

JUBA: Over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers in South Sudan's brutal four-month long civil war by both government and rebel forces, the UN's human rights chief said Wednesday.

"More than 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces by both sides... Children have also been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told reporters.

 

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