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Basic Facts
Read the basic facts about child soldiers

What You Can Do
Find out how you can help stop the use of child soliders.

Marie - In the Shadow of the Lion

Imagine waking up tomorrow to find that everything in your life has changed. Read this story about a young girl in Africa who is caught in the horrors of armed conflict.

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Voices of Children
at War
Read about child soldiers, their parents and rehabilitation workers in their own words. Written so that it could be performed as a play.
Making Progress
Read the latest reports on children and armed conflict, the issues and conflicts areas from the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Organisations Working on Behalf of Child Soldiers


United Nations

UNICEF helps governments, communities and families make the world a better place for children. Part of the United Nations system, UNICEF's mandate and mission is to advocate for children's rights and help meet their needs.

Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
for Children and Armed Conflict

Radhika Coomaraswamy was reappointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2007 as Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. In this capacity, she serves as a moral voice and independent advocate to build awareness and give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Amnesty International
600 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E., 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (1) 202-544-0200
Fax: (1) 202-546-7142
E-mail: admin-us@aiusa.org
A worldwide movement that promotes human rights. Their "Children/Juveniles" pages contain many stories and links to child-soldier-related issues.

Center for Defense Information's Children & Armed Conflict Program
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (1) 202-332-0600
Fax: (1) 202-462-4559
E-mail: info@cdi.org
A non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to independent research on the social, economic, environmental, political and military components of global security.

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
International Secretariat
2nd floor, 2-12 Pentonville Road
London N1 9HF, United Kingdom.
Phone: (44) 20 7713 2761
Fax: (44) 20 7713 2794
Email: info@child-soldiers.org
Web: www.child-soldiers.org

Human Rights Watch
1630 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (1) 202-612-4321
Fax: (1) 202 612-4333
E-mail: hrwdc@hrw.org
An independent, non-governmental human-rights watchdog and advocacy organization which investigates and exposes human rights violations.

International Federation Terre Des Hommes
31 Ch. Frank-Thomas. 1208 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: (41) 22 736-33-72
Fax: (41) 22 736-15-10
E-mail: info@terredeshommes.org
ITdH works to protect children living in difficult circumstances (armed conflict, economic or sexual exploitation, poverty, etc.). ITdH supports development projects designed to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged children, their families and their communities.

International Committee of the Red Cross
Children Affected by Armed Conflict Program
P.O. Box 372
CH-1211 Geneva 19 Switzerland
Phone: (41 22) 730-44-22
Fax: (41 22) 733-03-95
E-mail: secretariat@ifrc.org
An impartial, neutral and independent organization. Its exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.

International Save the Children Alliance
Conflict Projection Scorecard: Protecting Women and Children in War Zones
Torsgatan 4, 107
88 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: ( 46 ) 8 698 90 00
Fax: ( 46 ) 8 698 90 14
An international NGO that fights for the rights of children around the world.

Soldier Child International
P.O. Box 341788
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: (1) 323-525-2900 ext.255
E-mail: soldierchild@soldierchild.org
Soldier Child is an international organisation aiding child soldiers and former child soldiers in Africa.

African Forum on Child Welfare (AFCW)
Contact: K. Wakaruru, kimaru@mitsuminet.com
The African Forum for Child Welfare is a regional grouping of the International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW). AFCW seeks to improve the quality of life for children and young people in the region.

Defence for Children International
International Secretariat
Rue de VarembĚ PO Box 88
CH 1211 Geneva 20 SWITZERLAND
Phone: (41) 22 734 05 50
Fax: (41) 22 740 11 45
E-mail: dci-hq@pingnet.ch
An independent organisation set up in 1979 to promote and protect the rights of the child. It is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.

Jesuit Refugee Service
International Office
Borgo S. Spirito 4,
00195 Rome, Italy
Phone: (39) 06 689 773 86
Fax: (39) 06 687 92 83
An inter-national non-governmental organisation with a presence in some 40 countries around the world and a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and displaced persons.

Latin American Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
Contact: Carolina Garcia, scfcol@colnodo.org.co
A collaboration between Christian Children's Fund, Defence for Children International, Colombian Society of the Red Cross, Save the Children Fund, Terre des Hommes, UNICEF and World Vision.

World Vision International
6 Ch. de la Tourelle
Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: (44) 22 798 4183
fax: (41) 22 798 6547
email: wvi.gva@prolink.ch
An international, Christian, child care, humanitarian assistance and development organisation.

International Rescue Committee
A humanitarian relief organisation active in work with child soldiers.

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