Today, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to strengthen the protection of children affected by armed conflict. Alhaji Babah Sawaneh, pictured with our Executive Director Anthony Lake, was the first former child soldier to address the Security Council in 2001, when he was only 14. He recalled how he was abducted as a child and forced to fight in Sierra Leone’s violent conflict, and how once he fled, he received support to reintegrate into society.
Now he’s back to tell his story again – with an update. Two years ago, he finished a degree in peace and conflict resolution and now he works on peacebuilding in his country. “We need to speak out, to change the equation. We need to stop war, to stop the violations against children,” he said.
Find out more about the #CHILDRENnotSoldiers campaign we’re jointly running with The Office of the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict: http://uni.cf/1fPyJo2