Resources on Child Soldiers
Find worship resources, ideas for participating in the Red Hand Campaign, and suggestions for further study on the issue of child soldiers. UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children – boys and girls under the age of 18 – are involved in armed conflicts around the world. These children are often referred to as child soldiers. UNICEF defines a ‘child soldier’ as any child who is part of any armed force or armed group in any capacity, including as cooks, porters, or girls and boys recruited or abducted for sexual exploitation. The definition does not only refer to a child who is carrying, or has carried, weapons. The effort to end the use of children as soldiers is growing. Followers of Jesus can take part, sharing the message that "Children are children, not soldiers."