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UN Leading Advocate for the Protection of Children Affected by Conflict Welcomes Release of Children in Nigeria

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, welcomes the release of almost 900 children from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Nigeria, which was formed to protect civilians from Boko Haram. “Today, hundreds of freed children will get to go home with their family [...]

2019-05-10T14:14:38-04:00Friday, 10 May 2019|

South Sudan: Government Armed Forces Reiterate Commitment Not to Enlist Children

Story by Gideon Sackitey originally published by UNMISS  “The children we enlist in the military are our own children, and we destroy them if this [practice] continues. We must respect them. They must not be allowed to lose their childhoods.” James Adol Acholl, is one of 50 soldiers belonging to the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces [...]

2019-03-14T09:04:48-04:00Thursday, 14 March 2019|

Forest Whitaker’s Remarks – Friends of Reintegration Group

Dear Mrs. Gamba, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me first thank Mrs. Gamba for her leadership as Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict. This meeting of the Global Coalition for Reintegration of Child Soldiers marks a significant step toward better addressing the needs of children and youths affected by [...]

2019-02-27T15:38:27-05:00Wednesday, 27 February 2019|

United for the Future: Supporting the Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers

“All of us here today agree on the importance of reintegration to help former child soldiers reclaim their lives. However, despite our efforts, we are still unable to assist everyone,” highlighted the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, at the opening of the event: Funding the Future: Challenges and Responses to the [...]

2018-09-27T12:52:03-04:00Tuesday, 25 September 2018|

Freed From War: The Road to Reintegration for Ex-Child Soldiers in Sudan

“Comprehensive and community-based reintegration programmes, including education, vocational training, and psycho-social support, help children to heal and grow so they can become productive members of their communities and contribute to peace and development” SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba In the welding class at a vocational training center supported by the Child Development Foundation (CDF) [...]

2018-11-29T13:42:24-05:00Tuesday, 22 May 2018|

South Sudan: From Child Soldier to Child Protection Officer

This is the story of James. The story of a lost childhood, and the trauma he endured as a child soldier in South Sudan. But this is not the end of James' story. One day, he had an opportunity to rebuild his life, and he now works as a child protection officer for the United [...]

2021-07-12T07:16:36-04:00Thursday, 26 January 2017|

A Decade of Action Plans to Protect Children Affected by Armed Conflict

Ten years ago, on 22 April 2004, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1539, which called on all parties listed for recruitment and use of children in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict to “prepare […] concrete, time-bound action plans to halt recruitment and use of children […], in close [...]

2018-11-12T17:01:47-05:00Thursday, 8 May 2014|

Talking about child soldiers at the Social Good Summit

“There is no acceptable way for children to be involved in hostilities,” Special Representative Leila Zerrougui told the audience of a panel on child soldiers at the Social Good Summit on Monday. Grace Akallo, herself a former girl soldier abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda, talked about the challenges she faced to [...]

2018-11-12T17:08:32-05:00Saturday, 17 August 2013|
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