Chad’s government has signed a deal with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to begin demobilising child soldiers from its national army. The agreement is a U-turn for the government, which as always denied that it has had under-age fighters.
In a recent Unicef investigation more than 300 child soldiers were discovered in one town alone.
Chad’s minister for external relations, Djidda Moussa Outman, says the army has never purposely recruited children.
“A few days ago, in the town of Mongo, we began to demobilise 200 to 300 children from the Chadian army,” Mr Outman said. To draw these children out of their current lives requires their own engagement Unicef’s Steve Adkisson