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2301, 2023

Deteriorating Security Situation in Eastern DRC Dramatically Impacts Children

Monday, 23 January 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

The situation of children in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deteriorated dramatically over the past months. Children are bearing the brunt of the intensification of armed activities by a growing number of armed groups, including resurgent armed groups, particularly in North Kivu and Ituri. “The latest increase in the number of children killed and maimed and attacks on schools and hospitals based [...]

2112, 2022

Mali: Children bearing brunt of escalating violence, political instability, upsurge in grave violations

Wednesday, 21 December 2022|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

Grave violations committed against children in Mali are increasing at an alarming rate compared to the previous, longer reporting period, a Secretary-General Report on children and armed conflict in Mali published today highlighted. Children in Mali are still bearing the brunt of political instability, increased violence against civilians, and a worsening human rights situation across the country. In the context of escalating intercommunal violence and an upsurge in activities [...]

1612, 2022

UN Special Representative of Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Concludes First Visit to Israel, State of Palestine

Friday, 16 December 2022|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict (CAAC), Ms. Virginia Gamba, completed a 5-days mission to Israel and the State of Palestine. The visit follows up on the recommendations of the Secretary-General contained in his latest Annual Report on CAAC of June 2022 (paragraphs 302 and 303) requesting the parties to engage with the UN Special Representative to end and prevent grave violations against [...]

1412, 2022

Voices for reintegration: Interview with Abdullah

Wednesday, 14 December 2022|Stories|

Abdullah was recruited and used by the armed forces as a child. After his release, he was treated differently by his friends and family and faced difficulties controlling his emotions. As a result, he was initially unable to complete his studies, and he had difficulty improving his situation due to stigmatization and trauma. Through reintegration services, Abdullah received counseling and psychosocial support and learned to control his emotions, and [...]

1412, 2022

Advocating for reintegration: Testimony from former child soldier

Wednesday, 14 December 2022|Stories|

The following is a testimony from Jean, a former child soldier who is now advocating for the reintegration of children formerly associated with armed groups and forces. Below the transcript is the original audio in video format: "Bonjour, Depuis que j’ai regagné la maison, je m’entends si bien avec ma famille. Ce qui est plus gênant, ce sont mes amis qui me fuient. Ceux avec qui j’avais l’habitude de jouer [...]

1212, 2022

New Papers Explore How to Better Respond to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Against Boys in Conflict

Monday, 12 December 2022|Press Releases, Publications, Featured @ Home|

On the occasion of the United Nations Human Rights Day 2022, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, in collaboration with the All Survivors Project (ASP), published two documents on conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) that shed light on how this grave violation specifically impacts boys. The publications, Responding to conflict-related sexual violence against boys associated with armed forces and armed groups [...]

712, 2022

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in Colombia, Welcomes Sustained Efforts to Protect Children from Conflict

Wednesday, 7 December 2022|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

*Spanish version available below*New York/Bogotá, 7 December 2022 — Encouraged by the commitment of the Colombia Government towards “Total Peace” that includes the full implementation of the 2016 peace agreement and the resumption of peace negotiations with the ELN, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for children and armed conflict, Mrs. Virginia Gamba, reminded that the protection of children and the fulfilment of their rights is at the centre [...]

212, 2022

Protection measures needed to support children with disabilities in armed conflict

Friday, 2 December 2022|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2022 GENEVA/NEW YORK - Persons with disabilities, particularly children, are too often left behind in situations of armed conflict and experience serious risks and challenges to flee, protect themselves and access necessities, UN experts* warned today, urging States to take protective measures and ensure inclusion and access to assistance. Ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, [...]

112, 2022

Attacks on Schools Increased a Year After Adoption of Resolution Safeguarding Right to Education

Thursday, 1 December 2022|Statements, Featured @ Home|

New York, 1 December 2022 – The number of attacks against schools and education personnel has seen an increase this year, according to preliminary data from the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for children and armed conflict. The most recent one took place today in the northern city of Aybak in Afghanistan, where several children have been reported killed and injured.  This worrying trend, particularly [...]

3011, 2022

Ethiopia: Peace Agreement’s Opportunity Must be Seized to Include Rights and Needs of Children Affected by Conflict

Wednesday, 30 November 2022|Featured @ Home, Statements|

New York, 30 November 2022 – The Agreement for Lasting Peace through a Permanent Cessation of Hostilities in Ethiopia, brokered by the African Union, is a milestone that provides an important opportunity to prioritize the protection of children, including by incorporating their rights and needs in the mediation process and peace discussions, said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for children and armed conflict, Virginia Gamba. This Agreement [...]

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