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Kony 2012: UNICEF Urges Child Soldier Advocates To Fight For Victims In All Countries

First Posted: 03/12/2012 12:42 pm Updated: 03/12/2012 1:02 pm

While the viral Invisible Children campaign has informed millions of the horrors child soldiers in Uganda face, another nonprofit wants to highlight just how many other countries force kids into such cruel fighting.

Human rights organization UNICEF released a video Saturday explaining that more than 250,000 children are forced into conflict in more than 20 different countries. But those figures don’t even account for the thousands of girls who are sold into sex trafficking, according to Caryl Stern, president and CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

"Yes, Kony is doing something horrific," Stern said, "but there are many others enabling that and supporting it and we have to look at this as a global issue."

Stern wants to emphasize the need for rehabilitation, prevention and accruing all of pressing facts about the issue of child soldiers in order to make a meaningful difference.

“We all have a role to play,” Stern said. “It’s going to take all of us doing something.”

To get involved with UNICEF USA’s fight to save child soldiers, click here.

Learn about other organizations that are tackling the issue of child soldiers.
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UNICEF partners with local Ugandan communities to provide them with the tools they need to protect, heal and empower former child soldiers. The organization works to take guns away from children and moves children away from living in barracks.

When it comes to reintegrating ex-soldiers into their communities, UNICEF gives local centers shelter materials, medical services, counseling and job-training support.

Get involved with UNICEF's child protection programs here.
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Filed by Emily Heinz  |