New UN campaign to secure release of all child soldiers by 2016

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Child soldiers being used in Sudan @UNICEF/Veronique de Viguerie

Child soldiers being used in Sudan @UNICEF/Veronique de Viguerie

Children should be in school or on the playground but not on the battlefield.

That's what Leila Zerrougi, the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told UN Radio on Thursday.

Ms. Zerrougi is behind a new UN campaign to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces by 2016.

Thousands of boys and girls are recruited into government forces and armed opposition groups to serve as combatants, cooks, porters, messengers and sometimes for sexual purposes.

The "Children, Not Soldiers" campaign wants to ensure the release of all children in the ranks of security forces and their reintegration into civilian life.

Duration: 4’50”

 

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