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The is­sue of child soldiers was brought to the world’s at­ten­tion in a shock­ing 1996 re­port for the United Na­tions by Graça Machel. Im­pact Of Armed Con­flict On Chil­dren de­tailed ways that chil­dren were re­cruited and used as soldiers. It also re­vealed that chil­dren and schools weren’t just ca­su­al­ties of war, but were be­ing ac­tively tar­geted by armed groups.

“I have al­ways be­lieved it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity as adults to give chil­dren fu­tures worth hav­ing,” Machel wrote. “In the two years spent on this re­port, I have been shocked and an­gered to see how shame­fully we have failed in this re­spon­si­bil­ity.” Graça Machel and her ground­break­ing re­port

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