This week, South Sudanese militia South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction freed hundreds of child soldiers due to a peace deal they signed, according to the United Nation‘s children agency, UNICEF, which will eventually return thousands of youths back to their families, reports the BBC. After a failed coup against President Salva Kiir in 2013, Kiir allegedly ordered the slaughter of more than 10,000 Nuers, immediately galvanizing an ethnic war between the Nuer and the Dinka. And since then, about 12,000 children have been recruited by armed groups.

The Cobra faction has reportedly been a part of cattle raids and “revenge attacks” for the past four years in Pibor County, Jonglei State.

However, with Cobra leader David Yau Yau accepting negotiation terms, 280 children were released. Another 2,700 child soldiers are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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