Statement by Patrick at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

Your Excellences, Government Ministers, Ambassadors, Delegates, and invited Guests. I would like to thank the Permanent mission of Brazil for the invitation to speak and to Member States for their presence and engagement on children and armed conflict. My name is Patrick. I would like to tell you a little about myself. Then I have [...]

2022-07-19T10:43:16-04:00Tuesday, 19 July 2022|

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|

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|

The Story of Zinah, Formerly Associated with an Armed Group in the Central African Republic

This story was produced by    When the conflict erupted in 2019 in Birao, Central African Republic, Zinah was 12 years old and lived with her mother. “I come from a poor family. My father died when I was young. We were four [at home] and my mother took care of us. It was very [...]

2021-03-16T06:59:35-04:00Monday, 8 March 2021|

South Sudan: Grave Violations Against Children Declined Following Revitalized Peace Agreement and UN Engagement with Parties, But More Remains to Be Done

Third Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in South Sudan New York, 11 January 2021 – Encouraging signs of progress are reflected in the third report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in South Sudan released today. Covering a period of nearly two years (July 2018 – June 2020), the report [...]

2022-04-21T14:46:46-04:00Monday, 11 January 2021|

Statement of SRSG Virginia Gamba at high-level event to launch the Practical guidance for mediators

Please check against delivery Your Excellency Mr. Philippe Goffin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Kingdom of Belgium, Your Excellency Ambassador Magnus Lennartsson, Chargé d’affaires a.i., Sweden, Distinguished members of the panel, Excellencies, ladies in gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to present and launch the “Practical guidance for mediators to [...]

2020-02-17T16:49:20-05:00Friday, 14 February 2020|

More Than 100 Former Al-Shabaab Combatants Graduate From Baidoa Rehabilitation Centre

Original story published by UNSOM One hundred twenty-six former Al-Shabaab combatants today graduated from the Baidoa Rehabilitation Centre in Somalia’s South West State after completing an intensive rehabilitation programme. The programme graduates, comprising youths from various parts of the country, received vocational training and psychological support from the centre. They thanked the programme managers, saying [...]

2021-07-08T08:18:37-04:00Thursday, 18 July 2019|

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|

Central African Republic: Virginia Gamba Invites Armed Groups to Commit to Prevent Violations Against Children

Kaga Bandoro, Central African Republic - During a week-long visit to the Central African Republic, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, visited Kaga-Bandoro for talks with leaders of armed groups. She invited them to join the ongoing efforts to ensure better prevention of serious violations of children's [...]

2019-05-09T15:02:56-04:00Friday, 3 May 2019|
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