This week, on Perspective with Alison Smith: Children as weapons of war and the man working to end it.
Alison speaks with Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire and Shelly Whitman from the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative about the use of child soldiers in conflict zones and also about the new Canadian strategy to prevent the practice.
We hear from musician and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal about the trauma he experienced as a child combatant in South Sudan.
Jo Becker, advocacy director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, talks about what legislative measures can be used to eliminate the use of child soldiers on the battlefield.
Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.
She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.
She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).