Congressional Digest

International Debates Archives November 2012 No. 8 Vol. 10
Children and Armed Conflict

Children and Armed Conflict

Preventing Gross Violations of Children's Rights During Wartime

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War has no shortage of victims, but perhaps the most tragic are children who are caught in the middle of conflict beyond their control or understanding.

In a groundbreaking 1996 report on the “Impact of Armed Conflict on Children,” former United Nations Minister of Education of Mozambique Graça Machel outlined the many ways children suffer during armed conflicts. “It is unforgivable that children are assaulted, violated, murdered, and yet our conscience is not revolted nor our sense of dignity challenged,” she wrote. “This represents a fundamental crisis of our civilization.”

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