Children of War: Broken Childhood
Photo Exhibit on Child Soldiers
United Nations HQ, New York 20 November 2008 to 30 January 2009
On the Occasion of the Universal Children's Day and
The 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights
It is estimated that some 250,000 children are unlawfully recruited to participate in armed conflicts around the world as soldiers, messengers, spies, porters, cooks or to provide sexual services. Many are pressed into combat where they may be forced to the front lines or sent into minefields ahead of older troops. Some children are also used as suicide bombers. This is taking place every day, violating children’s rights, destroying their childhood and compromising their future.
The photo exhibit “Children of War: Broken Childhood” is held in the visitors lobby of the Secretariat of the United Nations from 20 November 2008 to 30 January 2009. The event contributes to the call to stop the unbearable phenomenon of child soldiering.
The exhibit is based on a book called “Child Soldiers” that features the work of prominent war photographers. The Curator and author of the book is Leora Kahn.
Contributing writers include Luis Moreno-Ocampo, International Criminal Court Prosecutor; Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch; Emmanuel Jal, a musician and former child soldier.
The Office of Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children & Armed Conflict organized this exhibit with the support of the Government of Italy and in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information.
The Opening took place on November 20th, in presence of Ismael Beah, Grace Akallo, Kon Kelei and John Onama, former child soldiers and youth advocates on children affected by war.