The article reports on a symposium or conference in Italy to address “the obscene issue of child soldiers” or children forced to become combatants civil wars in mostly third world countries. This meeting is in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
“The planners of the conference state: War violates virtually every right of the child and its impact on children perpetuates poverty, illiteracy and early mortality, robbing children of their families, security, education, health and opportunities for development.”
H.E. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the U.N. on Children and Armed Conflicts.
“told the Huffington Post that helping coordinate a unified approach to ending the plight of child soldiers was one of her top priorities.”
Further to this Coomaraswamy said
“Their courage and resilience will be an inspiration to us all. Their stories only highlight the terrible things that happen to children during armed conflict,”
Having given some background, I received a tweet from one of followers expressing an interest in this matter. It was not this specific story however, another I had shared that had sparked an expression of interest on this topic. This issue is far from new or some isolated event these children often kidnapped from their family and forced to participate in every war related atrocity that may come to mind. What I now realise that through the medium of social networking and sharing of information these children may have gained a new advocate.
The link also includes arrange of links to related stories on the topic.
Hope is ever present