The Independent | Child Soldiers

Child Soldiers Appeal

The Central African Republic is one of the world’s poorest and most unstable countries. It is preyed on by armed militias and criminal gangs who fight among themselves for control of its diamond deposits.

In 2012 The Independent highlighted the impact this had on the country’s children, thousands of whom are taken from their homes and brainwashed into becoming child soldiers.

Working with UNICEF, more than quarter of a million pounds was raised to finance rehabilitation centres in the country’s capital Bangui where former child soldiers could be given psychological care to recover from their ordeals.

This centres proved even more essential the following year when an armed coup resulted in the central government collapsing and a surge in sectarian violence. Hundreds of children have now been helped by the centres, with their vital work continuing to this day.

For more information about UNICEF and its work helping vulnerable children go to: www.unicef.org.uk

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