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Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict

Securing a Future for Child Soldiers

Forest Whitaker | Posted 02.12.2017 | 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 02.11.2017 | 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.

#childrennotsoldiers

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Steven Crandell

This story is fiction, but it could unfold in Iraq or Syria or Afghanistan or Libya or the Central African Republic or Colombia or Ukraine or Gaza or the Philippines or anywhere in at least 23 countries around the world where conflicts affect children.

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.