Johannesburg - The United Nations children's agency says
that 41 children have been released from armed groups in Central African
Unicef says that recent fighting has caused a sharp increase
in the recruitment of child soldiers, who were used in some of the heaviest
fighting as rebels battled to take over the capital in March.
The agency said on Wednesday that the 41 children, released on
Monday and Tuesday, are now at a transition centre to help reintegrate them
into society. It said it is working with the government in Central African
Republic and more children are expected to be released in the coming days and
Even before the latest rebellion, Unicef said more than 2 000
children in Central African Republic were with the myriad of armed groups
destabilising the country's north.