More understanding needed of children in armed conflict

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Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, welcomes the surrender of Ntabo Ntaberi Cheka, in the #DRC. Photo: UN Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict

Better understanding is needed of the UN's role championing children caught up in armed conflict, and the work that the world body does to stop armed groups recruiting child soldiers.

That's according to Virginia Gamba, who took up her post as Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict just a few weeks ago.

She praised the progress made by the UN so far in establishing a "universal standard" on child recruitment, that over 20 years, has become widely-understood by governments and non-state actors alike.

In an interview with UN News she also spoke movingly about the charity worker who devoted her life to helping girls caught up in conflict, whose dying wish was that Ms Gamba should continue working on their behalf.

She spoke to Cristina Silveiro.

Duration: 6'18"

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