People wave South Sudanese flags during a political rally held by the country's president in Juba, on March 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ASHLEY HAMER
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South Sudan's army and rebels have stepped up the kidnapping of children to fight in the country's civil war, with hundreds snatched from villages in the last month alone, the U.N. children's agency said Friday.Providing the most detailed account yet of the country's child soldier crisis, UNICEF said it believed there were now more than 12,000 children in government and rebel ranks across the country.Earlier this month the U.N. Security Council passed a U.S.-drafted resolution creating a sanctions regime for South Sudan, although none have yet been imposed.In Unity State the situation in opposition areas had also worsened significantly, with soldiers rounding up children and men in their houses and elsewhere, Veitch said.
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