No child should experience the horrors of armed conflict.

No child ever started a war. Yet every time a war breaks out, children as the most vulnerable members of society suffer the worst. The international community has long recognized that children have no place in wars, yet children are still victimized. Many children are even forced to fight in these wars. Today, over 300,000 children, some as young as seven, are involved in hostilities in over 30 countries.

We must remember before going to war how high the price paid by children will be. And when the war is over, when it is time for healing, the children must not be forgotten. The rehabilitation, reintegration and involvement of children must be central to any peace-building process.

Control Arms Campaign

Control Arms is a global civil society alliance campaigning for a "bulletproof" Arms Trade Treaty that will protect lives and livelihoods. A "bulletproof" Arms Trade Treaty means an international legally-binding agreement that will stop transfers of arms and ammunitions that fuel conflict, poverty and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law More than 2 million children have died as a direct result of armed conflict over the last decade.  More than three times that number, at least 6 million children, have been permanently disabled or seriously injured (UNICEF). The unregulated arms trade fuels conflict, poverty and serious human rights abuses. It als...

Child Soldiers Campaign

War Child International is a family of independent humanitarian organisations which work together to help children and young people affected by armed conflict.1 in 10 soldiers in armed conflict is a child. At this moment more than 300.000 children are being used in wars worldwide. War Child supports and strengthens the protective environment for children who, as a result of conflict, live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion. Children should never be soldiers. Not under any circumstances. Child and soldier should never go together. But still, it happens. It happens every day. Some of them are only 8 years old. There are two aspects at the centre of concern Preventi...
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