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 [...]
“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 [...]
Grace Akallo : To the grave and back
Despite the weakening and scattering of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), it continued to be one of the gravest violators of children’s rights and must be stopped, a top UN official said, as she introduced a United Nations report on the subject.
Statement by Grace Akallo Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict29 April 2009 Madame Chairperson, Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Let me thank you for inviting me to give a small voice to the many voiceless children in wars. My name is Grace Akallo. I am from Uganda, and I [...]
Grace Akallo Statement to the Security Council