Photo by @marcusbleasdale For today’s @unitednations Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, I wanted to share this picture from one of my trips to the DRC back in 2008.
A child soldier with a community-based militia group was waiting in Kanyabyonga, in eastern DRC, as rebels advanced. He was recruited while young men in the area were being abducted by rebel forces. He didn’t want to be forced to fight, so he volunteered with the militia.
Since then, a lot has been done to try to stop the practice of using child soldiers, including the #internationalcriminalcourt’s landmark verdict in the Lubanga case. #child-soldiers
#childrennotsoldiers #justicematters #childrensrights #savethechildren #childrenandarmedconflict #morejustworld