Yambio, 11th September 2018. Former child soldiers in Yambio calls on government and partners to support them so that they can acquire more skills at the center.
The call came after the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict met the former child soldiers in Yambio, Anisa radio reports.
17-year-old, former child soldier and a student of electricity, appreciates UNICEF and other partners for their support.
She urges partners to grant them scholarships and extend the duration of the support for them to finish their courses.
Another former child soldier, who shared his willingness and plans to become a mason after the training, believes the skills will help him to care for his life and family.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba pledges her support to the children and urges them to be hopeful.
She also promises to continue supporting the government of Gbudue to achieve sustainable peace in the state.
In October 2017 South Sudan National DDR Commission started operating in the state and began registering the number of children associated with armed forces in Western Equatoria region.
In January 2018 DDR carried out its first phase and released 207 children who were associated with Armed forces.
Currently the children are undergoing vocation training in Tindoka area where DDR and implementing partners like World Vision, UNMISS and UNICEF are providing them with scholastic materials.