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Child Soldiers

Chicago Chapter

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Location: Chicago, I.L.

Armed Forces use children in direct combat (child soldiers), as spies, porters, messengers, lookouts, human shields, and sex slaves. In most cases, they obey orders without question.

Further, children are plentiful, easily manipulated, and cheap. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 38, (1989, 2002) stipulates that States "shall take all feasible measures to ensure that persons below the age of 18 do not take a direct part in hostilities and that they are not compulsorily recruited into their armed forces". Yet no less than 40 nations still use children in combat. 

This program explores the use of children in conflicts and its direct impact on them and their families.  Saturday November 17, 2012 from 12:30 until 3 p.m.

The National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 West 18th Street Chicago, I.L.  

This forum is open and free to the public.

For more information, visit www.unachicago.org.

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