Rebel fighters hold up their rifles as they walk in front of a bushfire in a rebel-controlled territory in Upper Nile State, South Sudan February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Up to 16,000 children have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan since the start of this year, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said Friday.Despite an peace agreement in August, fighting continues to rage in the two-year civil conflict in the world's youngest nation, with children suffering an increasingly heavy toll. Since the fighting broke out in December 2013, an estimated 1,500 children have been killed, 900,000 have been internally displaced and one million children are suffering from malnutrition, according to UNICEF.
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