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Dossier October 2013

The rehabilitation of child soldiers

The rehabilitation of child soldiers is the most difficult aspect. It is an attempt to give a different future to boys and girls marked by terrible experiences. After the end of several conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, tens of thousands of child soldiers were sent home. Very often, however, these children, recruited in refugee camps, do…

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Latin America & Asia

Colombia’s largest rebel organization has stepped up the recruitment of children to boost its weakened fighting units even as it negotiates with the government an end to a half century of conflict. It talks peace with the government, according to child welfare workers and human rights organisations. “As the guerrillas suffer blows and more and…

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Africa – Armies and rebels

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 Africa has the largest number of child soldiers, around 120,000. They are being used in armed conflicts in the Central African Republic, Chad, the DRC, Somalia, and Sudan. In the DRC, thousands of children are fighting. Different groups of rebels are particularly active in North and South Kivu recruiting children. Eyewitnesses confirmed the presence of…

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Child Soldiers – The deadly game

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 Najat was 15 years old and had never used a gun. One day a man came to his village, not far from El Fascher in Darfur (Sudan), and asked him if he wanted to earn some money. Najat and his cousin Waleed with other boys and a few girls followed the man. They arrived in…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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