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Children and Armed Conflict

Securing a Future for Child Soldiers

Forest Whitaker | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Forest Whitaker

We may take a child out of an army, but unless we do more for him -- help him re-enter society, enroll him in a good school, teach him a useful trade -- we have not set him free. Unless we are there to meet them with open arms, open homes and open schools, their wars will never end. And neither will ours.

15 Years of Work on Child Soldiers: Where We've Come and Where We Need to Go

Eva Smets | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Eva Smets

Currently, at least 56 groups in 15 conflicts recruit and use child soldiers, and some of these groups increasingly employ tactics of extreme violence in their recruitment strategies, as well as their methods and means of warfare.

Medical Neutrality Under Attack

Eva Smets | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Eva Smets

As the WHO is working to strengthen its capacity to monitor and report on attacks against hospitals, Watchlist encourages close coordination with UNICEF and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict to prevent duplication and complement monitoring efforts through the UN-led MRM.

Afghanistan: Child Soldiers and Dancing Boys

Radhika Coomaraswamy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Radhika Coomaraswamy

It was the religious elders of the Reis Shura Ulema in Afghanistan who initially apprised me of the practice of Bacha Bazi, where young boys are made to dance and then exploited sexually by the police.