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.
A child soldier is any person under the age of 18 who is recruited by an organization and used for killing, sex or even non-violent tasks
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 speaks with Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire and Shelly Whitman about the government’s new guidelines for peacekeeping missions when soldiers are faced with children in the field. The strategy was developed in conjunction with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.
Recruiting children under 15 years of age into an armed group is a war crime under Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.