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800 child soldiers released this year in South Sudan

Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration
Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration. Photo: Stefanie Glinski/AFP/Getty Images

More than 200 child soldiers were released in South Sudan on Thursday, UNICEF reports. That's the third such large release this year, with a total of 806 child soldiers freed.

The big picture: There are still an estimated 19,000 children soldiers serving with various armed forces in South Sudan. Per ReliefWeb, more than 1,000 children could be released in coming months.

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