HOW DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT?
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