Colombia’s FARC rebels agree to remove child soldiers from ranks

Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), has agreed to remove child soldiers from its ranks. The group agreed to release minors under 15 years old. A total of 170 child soldiers will be handed over to the Colombian government, and will be reintegrated back into society with the help of UNICEF. According to Colombian state prosecutors, FARC has recruited over 12,000 minors as child soldiers since 1975. The agreement is part of a final peace deal that the Colombian government and FARC have been negotiating, to end five decades of armed conflict in the country.

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