Tell the World They Are Children Not Soldiers
“Let Them Play: Tell the World they are Children, Not Soldiers”, is an initiative of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to raise global awareness about the need to stop the use and abuse of children in armed conflict. The campaign will be launched during the FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018.
An event organized by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations featured the campaign Children, Not Soldiers, Let Them Play. Photo: OSRSG-CAAC
Edgar Barcenas, from Panama’s National Football Team, holds a sign that says #ChildrenNotSoldiers. Photo: Panama’s National Football Team
“A child’s place is on a football field, not a battle field.” – Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Every year, thousands of boys and girls are recruited and used as soldiers in armed conflict around the world, prevented from their right to simply be children and play. Whether involved in active fighting, abducted, or used in military support functions such as carriers or cooks, children are being forced to take a role in wars they don’t belong to, while entailing great physical and emotional risks.
Let Them Play. They Are Children, Not Soldiers.
Every four years, the World Cup brings together the best football players in one of the greatest and most-watched sporting events. The campaign is an opportunity to reach football enthusiasts with a a powerful message: hundreds of thousands of children affected by armed conflict are still left behind. We cannot forget them.
Support for Children, Not Soldiers: Let Them Play
The awareness campaign will be launched during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with the support of National Football Associations and individual players. The National Football team of Panama has already endorsed the campaign.