This Sunday is Red Hand Day - also known as the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. Children across the world share red hand prints to call on world leaders to stop the use of children in armed groups.
There's lots of misinformation out there about children associated with armed groups.
This Red Hand Day, we want to set the record straight on 5 of the most common myths and misconceptions.
Child soldiers are used as fighters
Monday 23rd January 2017: statement by 97 Syrian and international NGOs on the Astana talks
As peace talks commence today between the Syrian government and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan, at least 700,000 people inside Syria – 300,000 of them children – are trapped in besieged areas without the most basic provisions to sustain their lives, according to the United Nations. Some groups put the number at one million.
In the humanitarian sector children are often simply seen as the recipients of assistance designed by others, rather than as agents of change who can help shape how their needs are responded to. In my experience it is quite rare, especially in a conflict affected country, that aid organisations ask children directly what their problems are and what change they want to see – let alone deliver it in a way which involves children.
1 December 2016
Last month, a ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo broke down.
Since then, the forces of the Assad regime and its Russia backers have begun a fierce assault on the city.
300,000 people – including 100,000 children – are trapped in what is little more than siege warfare. Power and water supplies have been deliberately cut off. Large barrel bombs are being dropped on civilian areas.
And all of the city’s hospitals have been attacked, many with bunker busting munitions.
Children killed and children trapped in the city
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