As many as  12,000 children – most of them boys – have been used as soldiers by armed groups in  South Sudan over the past year. Photograph:  Samir Bor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The United Nations has secured a pledge for the release of about 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan, in what it called “one of the largest ever demob(...)

Since winning independence from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan has been struggling to impose its authority across vast swathes of territory bristling with weapons after decades of civil war with Khartoum. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic /Reuters

Five UN peacekeepers and seven civilians working for the UN mission in South Sudan were killed in an ambush by unidentified attackers in the re(...)