Lanao del Sur, The Philippines - Hundreds of child soldiers have been released by the Philippines' main separatist armed group here at Camp Nusa, continuing its commitment to end the recruitment and use of children within its ranks.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), one of the most powerful armed groups in the country, released the children on Friday as part of an action plan with the UN.

In 2009, the group signed an action plan with the UN to end the recruitment of child soldiers, a practice that extends over generations.

The first in a series of disengagement ceremonies took place in February; MILF will eventually disengage more than 1,800 children, according to UNICEF.

Source: Al Jazeera News

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