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12 February is the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers
Today serves as a reminder that thousands of children continue to be abducted, recruited, killed, maimed or raped in conflicts around the world.

With that in mind, we decided to put together a few links for you to read and possibly share with your friends and colleagues.

First…a joint statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and UN Special Representative Leila Zerrougui on the occasion of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers: http://uni.cf/11EnVsl

Then…a piece from the Independent discussing how for child soldiers to truly recover…they need to be given the means by which they can support themselves:  http://uni.cf/10Znibr

Next…is a video featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and former Child Soldier Ishmael Beah and his first-hand account of his mission to the Central African Republic: http://youtu.be/gGpZSOnKzrc

And lastly…a link to more information regarding “Children in armed Conflict” on UNICEF.org: http://uni.cf/11EoRgp

Photo caption: A boy sits in the dormitory of the UNICEF-supported Centre de Transit et Orientation (CTO), a shelter and reintegration centre for recently demobilized child soldiers, in the eastern town of Goma, capital of North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The CTO provides medical and psychosocial care, as well as family tracing and reunification services.

Photo credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2005-0433/Roger LeMoyne

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