Fighting the use of child soldiers
A frank, harrowing but uplifting discussion about the long-term impacts of conflict on child soldiers and the challenges of reintegrating into society.
Thousands of children are serving as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world. These boys and girls, some as young as eight years old, serve in government forces and armed opposition groups. Many are abducted or recruited by force, while others join out of desperation, believing that armed groups offer their best chance for survival.
A conversation between retired lieutenant general Romeo Dallaire, founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative, and Michel Chikwanine, former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo, chaired by Melanie Ward.