>> Over 200 child soldiers have been released by their captors in South Sudan. 14 year old Neeya Shuk is one of them. She spent five years in the bush as a messenger, cook, porter and fighter. Any children were recruited by force, but others like Neeya Shuk, said they had no choice.
>> Life in the bush was much better compared to the suffering being experienced in some parts of South Sudan. We used to suffer without food, no one gave us food.>> Over 720 South Sudanese child soldiers, including 185 girls, have been released so far. Most of them are from the ranks of the Sudan People's Liberation Army in opposition.
Now the big challenge is reintegrate them into their communities, so they can access jobs and education.>> It doesn't make sense for someone to say that they are defending the rights of the children and that's why they are fighting. But you can not defend the future, if you are destroying the future, because children are the future.
>> South Sudan has been entangled in conflict since 2013. It started when troops loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with troops loyal to Riek Machar who is Vice President at that time. The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and driven a third of the population from their homes.