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“How can we tell what happened to us? There are no words to describe what
we have witnessed. What we saw, what we heard, what we did, and how it
changed our lives, is beyond measure. We were murdered, raped, amputated,
tortured, mutilated, beaten, enslaved and forced to commit terrible crimes.”
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report for the Children of Sierra Leone
In one dreary morning, I, the pupil of kindergarten #2, became an IDP; to be more specific, I was forced to become an IDP. In several hours, I lost my friends, home and happy childhood. I experienced the horror of hunger and cold. At age of 6, I realized words "peace" and "bread". The vision of endless flow of people worn out from hunger and cold and the taste of a piece of bread I clutched in my fist will never fade from my memory.
Geneva, 9 September 2008 - Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, presents her report to the Human Rights Council today.
New York, 30 January 2008 - Ms. Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children and Armed Conflict presented the Annual Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict (A/32/609-S/2007/757) during a press conference today.
Le rapport établi par l'ONU en 1996 et intitulé « Impact des con.its armés sur les enfants », largement connu sous le nom d'Étude Machel, a été le premier à appeler l'attention de la communauté internationale sur les problèmes auxquels sont confrontés les enfants en période de con.it armé. Dix ans après, il a été décidé de procéder à un examen stratégique pour évaluer les progrès réalisés et dé.nir les principales tâches restant à accomplir, et priorités à respecter, dans le programme pour les enfants et les con.its armés.
The 1996 UN report "The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children", widely known as the Machel study, for the first time brought the issues faced by children in armed conflict to international attention. Ten years later, a strategic review has now been convened to assess progress and look forward to identify key challenges and priorities for the future of the Children and Armed Conflict Agenda.