War-torn Somalia is awash with guns after more than two decades of conflict, with a 22,000-strong African Union force battling alongside government troops against the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.
Syrian Kurdish forces have demobilised scores of child soldiers from their ranks over the past month, a Swiss group that works to save under-age fighters said on Tuesday.
Political prisoners have been freed, censorship has been abolished and, the government promises, the days of child soldiers are over.
More than 550 children have left the ranks of armed groups in the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo province of Katanga, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
At least 82 children have been reportedly rescued from militia by the United Nation Mission.
Myanmar is still recruiting and using child soldiers, despite embracing democratic reforms and a UN agreement to end the practice, a human rights group said.
The UNSC backed a resolution calling for the naming and shaming of governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack children in armed conflicts.
The UNICEF has called for keeping child soldiers out of armed conflicts, citing reports that armed groups in northern Mali are increasingly recruiting.
Human Rights activists said youths are apparently recruited from rural areas.
UN officials say they are getting reports that child soldiers are being recruited to fight for Muammar Gaddafi loyalists in Libya.
Up to half a million people live in refugee camps in eastern Chad.
Somalia`s President has ordered a full investigation into reports that the Somali army is recruiting children to fight powerful Islamic insurgent groups.
The Sri Lankan government plans
to release all former LTTE child soldiers, currently being
rehabilitated at various centres, by May 10.
Thousands of former child soldiers who fought for the Maoists in Nepal`s decade-long civil war will on Thursday begin leaving the UN-monitored camps where they have spent the past three years.
Around 4,000 child soldiers,
who have been confined in UN-monitored camps after the Maoist
insurgency ended in Nepal, will be released soon under an
agreement signed between the former rebels and the government.
In a bid to expedite rehabilitation
of 11,000 former LTTE child soldiers, Sri Lanka has decided to open seven more centres for them apart from the existing 14.
Day in Pics: 25th December
Showbiz World - December 25, 2014
Sunny Leone with Mastizaade