On this International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, otherwise known as Red Hand Day, we implore everyone to take a moment to reflect on the plight of children in conflict and push for global leaders to put preventative solutions into action to end this major human rights violation.
Dr. Shelly Whitman and General Dallaire have written a powerful op-ed piece in iPolitics. In this piece, the discussion acknowledges the need for prevention, before abuse ever takes place.
Original Article Link: http://bit.ly/1rqhBU6
By: LGen Rom
The use of child soldiers by the Islamic State represents one of the gravest situations on earth for children. In the Islamic State’s continued struggle for a caliphate, child soldiers are not only being used and sacrificed regularly as part of the war, but children are also being trained and indoctrinated to ensure the conflict endures far into the future.
By: Dr. Shelly Whitman
Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF claimed that 2014 was the most devastating year ever for children. It is not hard to see why. With over 15 million children directly affected by conflict and children used as soldiers in 14 countries, by 50 armed groups and seven state armies, violence continues to be a mainstay in many children