Monday, 12 February 2018 18:05

UN Calls for Ending Recruitment of Child Soldiers

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Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba asked for more support to end the recruitment of children in the wars.

 

United Nations.- She said that in 2017, more than 5,000 children were released from armed conflicts around the world, but there are tens of thousands more that are used in the conflicts.

She said that once the children are released, they still have to undergo the complex and long process of reintegration in their communities, a decisive step for their well-being that contributes to end the cycles of violence.

She said that this process includes medical and psycho-social support, as well as educational programs and training.

'Despite progress, boys and girls continue to be recruited, kidnapped, forced to fight or work for military groups or armed forces', said Gamba.

'Without a strong political and financial commitment to the reintegration process, re-recruitment is unfortunately likely to happen in many conflict situations,' said Gamba.

She said that these children live horrific experiences of violence, which will likely have dramatic physical and psychological consequences for the adults they will be.

'It is our responsibility to show these children that there is hope outside of conflicts, that they can live in peace and security and be allowed to live their dreams,' said Gamba.

The recruitment of children was reported in all 20 country situations covered by the United Nations, while 61 parties to armed conflict out of 63 are listed for this grave violation.

The International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers is held every February 12th.

This date also marks the 18th years of the protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, which sets the minimum age for recruitment into armed forces in conflict at 18 and it has been ratified by 167 States. (PL)

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