UNICEF Colombia receives first group of children released from FARC-EP ranks

10 September 2016

BOGOTA, 10 September 2016 - FARC-EP, Colombia's largest armed group,  released today eight children from its ranks and handed them over to UNICEF in a temporary reception centre.

The release comes ahead of the formal signing of a peace deal between the Colombian Government and FARC-EP, scheduled for 26 September. The deal will end more than 50 years of war.

The children were in good health. They will receive psychosocial support as part of a process to help their reintegration into civilian life.

Similar releases are expected over the following weeks.

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