DR Congo UN says more than 550 child soldiers freed in past

“The awareness campaign calling for children to leave armed groups succeeded in demobilising 557 children between March and August,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement. The children had been relocated from the territories of Malemba Nkulu, Manono, Mitwaba and Pweto, in Katanga province. Some 444 children are in temporary centres in Kalemie, Lubumbashi, and Manono, while 113 others have been reunited with their families, OCHA said.An additional 1,500 children are still in the ranks of armed groups in the province, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which supports the release campaign. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, has cautioned that thousands of children continue to be abducted, recruited, killed, maimed, or raped in conflicts around the world. The DRC has signed Action Plans to end the recruitment and use of children, as well as sexual violence against children. read more

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Binghamton holds off Sacred Heart 7873 behind Sessoms

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Sam Sessoms scored 19 points with eight rebounds and four assists, J.C. Show added 14 points and Binghamton beat Sacred Heart 78-73 on Saturday.Tyler Stewart scored 13 points and Chancellor Barnard added 11 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bearcats (2-4), who shot 55 per cent and held the Pioneers to 33 per cent shooting.Caleb Stewart’s go-ahead 3 put the Bearcats up 42-39 and Tyler Stewart’s 3 capped a 7-0 run for a 54-45 lead with 12:51 to go. The Pioneers closed to 68-65 on E.J. Anosike’s free throw and to 75-71 on Sean Hoehn’s 3 with 45 seconds left. Richard Caldwell Jr. and Show combined for three free throws from there to keep the game out of reach.Barnard’s 3-point play with 1:24 left put the Pioneers up 33-32 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half.Sean Hoehn scored a career-high 35 points with seven 3s for Sacred Heart (2-4), which made 11 of 29 from distance. Kinnon LaRose added 12 points with 12 rebounds and Aaron Clarke had 10 points.The Associated Press read more

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