Wednesday, May 11, 2016

South Sudan group 'frees 19 abducted Ethiopian children'

(May 11, 2016, (BBC))--Ethiopian children held captive by an armed South Sudanese group for nearly a month have been freed, Ethiopian state media reports.

The 19 were freed following mediation by South Sudan's government, it adds. his is the first group to be released since about 125 children were abducted in the cross-border raid.

Members of the Murle community carried out the attack. They have previously been accused of stealing livestock and children to raise as their own. Ethiopian forces crossed into South Sudan, encircling villages where the children were held.

However, the children were freed without any fighting after South Sudanese officials entered into negotiations with the abductors, the Ethiopian News Agency reports. Read more from BBC »

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