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New York, 22 November 2011 - Sunday, 20 November marked Universal Children’s Day, a day to remember the children growing up in wars throughout the world, and to reaffirm our commitment to stand up for their rights and to take firm action.
“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.
" Rome symposium on Children and Young People Affected by war: Learn,Understand, Act"
Statement by Radhika Coomaraswamy
It is a great pleasure for me to be here today and I thank the US Institute for Peace for taking the effort to organize this discussion. I see some new faces and old friends and I hope we will engage in a thoughtful dialogue that will move the agenda forward. I am also happy to be in Washington days after the Senate passed the Child Soldiers Accountability Act.
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.