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Questions and Answers on the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers

How many child soldiers are there in the world? Click to read the stories of children affected by armed conflict. Tens of thousands of boys and girls are recruited and used as child soldiers by armed forces and armed groups in conflict in countries around the world. The United Nations monitors who [...]

2023-02-06T15:25:59-05:00Monday, 6 February 2023|

The Tragedy of Children Recruited and Used in Armed Conflict Must Stop – UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour

Virginia Gamba, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Rob Williams, CEO, War Child UK Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General  Frederique was in school in Bambari, Central African Republic, when the militia attacked. Many people died in the hostilities, including his brother and mother. Devastated, Frederique joined an armed group, seeking both protection [...]

2021-11-18T10:11:50-05:00Thursday, 18 November 2021|

From Child Soldier to Youth Leader and Peacemaker

This story was produced in cooperation with WPDI  "I don't want any other children to suffer as I did"  Rajab is an enthusiastic 26 years old South Sudanese national currently living in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement, located by the town of Bweyale in Uganda. This refugee settlement hosts over 65,000 people, of which 80% [...]

2021-06-11T06:38:04-04:00Friday, 11 June 2021|

Remarks by Ms. Virginia Gamba: Ending the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers by 2025

PLEASE CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Remarks by Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ending the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers by 2025 Excellencies, Distinguished Panelists, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank Alliance 8.7 and War Child for organizing today’s event. My Office actively supports, as a [...]

2021-05-07T10:54:20-04:00Friday, 7 May 2021|

Trauma Healing: a Key Component of Child Reintegration

This story was produced in collaboration with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) “The recruitment and use of children exposes them to serious harm that can cause life-long damage to their physical and psychological health.” Reframing Child Reintegration: From humanitarian action to development, prevention, peacebuilding and beyond - Global Coalition for Reintegration of Child Soldiers [...]

2021-04-07T09:19:48-04:00Wednesday, 7 April 2021|

International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers: Joint statement by EU High Representative Josep Borrell & SRSG for Children & Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba

“Despite global commitments and efforts, children around the world continue to suffer from the consequences of conflicts and are still being used as expendable fuel of war. “Armed forces and armed groups continue to recruit and use children, tearing them away from their families and communities, cruelly stripping away their dignity and destroying their lives [...]

2021-02-11T09:59:57-05:00Thursday, 11 February 2021|

Open Debate on children and armed conflict: Statement by Mariam, a 15 years old girl from Mali

Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to begin my speech by thanking the French Government for having organized this meeting of the United Nations Security Council. I also thank the Security Council for giving me the opportunity to represent Civil Society Organizations, especially children. Thank you also to the Special Representative of [...]

2021-03-17T06:40:33-04:00Tuesday, 23 June 2020|

CAR: UN Official Welcomes New Legislation Criminalizing Child Recruitment

Following an extensive period of consultations and advocacy from the United Nations, the National Assembly in the Central African Republic adopted recently the Child Protection Code which criminalizes the recruitment and use of children among other crimes. The Code was introduced by the Minister for the Promotion of Women, Family and Child Protection. The Special [...]

2020-03-17T10:57:00-04:00Tuesday, 17 March 2020|

African Union Summit: SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict Calls for Increased Cooperation in Preventing Grave Violations Against Children

As the world is getting ready to mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers on February 12th, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG CAAC), Ms. Virginia Gamba, made a strong plea for increasing prevention efforts to better protect children from hostilities during the African Union Summit [...]

2020-02-11T12:21:00-05:00Tuesday, 11 February 2020|

Accountability for Perpetrators: UN Officials Welcome ICC Sentence Against Bosco Ntaganda for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

New York  - Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect, Karen Smith, welcomed the sentencing of Bosco Ntaganda to 30 years in prison by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and [...]

2019-11-11T17:17:55-05:00Thursday, 7 November 2019|
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