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Nairobi - Children are yet to enjoy benefits of improved security in northern Uganda, where a rebellion has raged for more than two decades, the United Nations children's agency said on Sunday.
Attacks by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have dropped and both sides have shown interest in a peace settlement, but Unicef said the lot of children in one of Africa's most brutal conflicts had not changed.
"Child protection issues are of particular concern, despite improvements in security," the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) said in a report on the latest humanitarian situation in the north.
"Children and women in northern Uganda continue to endure the harsh realities of a 20-year-old conflict."
The LRA has been waging war in northern Uganda since 1988 to overthrow the government in Kampala. Tens of thousands of people have been killed.
The rebel group is best known for its brutality toward civilians, driving more than two million people from their homes and abducting tens of thousands of children to serve as fighters or sex slaves.
Since the war started, LRA rebels have abducted at least 25 000 children, while tens of thousands still flee their homes to sleep in urban centres for fear of overnight attacks, according to Unicef. - Sapa-AFP