#ChildrenNotSoldiers: Raise Your Voice

The Human Lens

Red Hand Day for Child Soldiers is an annual commemoration drawing attention to the plight of children forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts.

The Red Hand symbol has been used all over the world by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and many civil society organizations to say no to the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

The Day was initiated in 2002 when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict came into force on 12 February.

The Red Hand Day has become a special occasion for national and regional coalitions, NGOs, individuals and interested parties to hold events to highlight the issue of child soldiers.

Some alarming facts about the use of children in wars include:

  1. According to the Study on the evolution of the Children and Armed Conflict mandate 1996-2021, more than a third of all…

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8 thoughts on “#ChildrenNotSoldiers: Raise Your Voice

      • Indeed so! I followed the link, fully intending to follow the blog, but discovered I already follow it, just hadn’t set it to receive notifications. I’ve corrected that, though my time & energy for reading blogs these days is short. This one, though, is well worth reading.

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      • WP again. What is the point of electing to ‘follow’ something then having to elect to ‘receive’ notifications???
        That said; this is a very good and informative blog. Reminds us in the West of what is going on in a substantial part of the world.

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      • Up until the end of the 20th century I guess us in the West in our comparatively cosy place thought things would carry on, on our terms. We were not paying attention.
        Times change.
        The rest of the world is a place we should dwell from time to time, to learn and not just those passing fashionable causes; but the hard dirty places where all is conditional.
        We should not be frightened, that leads to extremism; we should always be alert. Animals are alert.


      • Well said. More than a few times, when listening to someone complain without reason about their lot in life here, I’ve suggested they go live in Iraq or Syria for a few years, then some back and tell us how bad the U.S. is.

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