During nearly five years of civil war in South Sudan, an estimated 19,000 children have joined the ranks of the army, rebel forces or local militias, UNICEF says.
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By the time Baba John escaped the tribal militia he had joined as an 11-year-old, he had long stopped counting the number of people he had killed.A murderous time for Baba John began with a life-or-death decision when a South Sudanese armed group, known as the Cobra Faction, attacked his village close to the eastern town of Pibor, nearly 400 kilometers north of the capital Juba.Baba John survived that attack but, fearing he would not be so lucky the next time he decided, like many others have done, to join the militia.During nearly five years of civil war in South Sudan an estimated 19,000 children under the age of 18 have joined the ranks of the army, rebel forces or various local militias, UNICEF says.Today, despite the ongoing conflict and difficult living conditions, Baba John is hopeful.
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