Across the world: Central African Republic

Updated: 2007-05-19 07:05

Child soldiers

Rebels fighting a low-intensity war in the northeast of Central African Republic, one of the poorest countries on earth, have agreed to release 400 child soldiers, the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Friday.

General Damane Zakaria, head and founder of the Assembly of the Union of Democratic Forces, has already furnished UNICEF with a list of 220 children to be freed.

A spokeswoman for UNICEF in the capital Bangui said the children were expected to be demobilized in early June, once the last details of the agreement have been finalized.

(China Daily 05/19/2007 page11)