Graça Machel's The Impact of War on Children shows that the impact of armed conflict on children is devastating and total, wounding their bodies and destroying their spirit. Using examples from around the world, this book analyses the special vulnerabilities of children when families and communities are torn apart, schools are destroyed and stability shattered. This book demonstrates how war's legacy of horror continues to affect children long after hostilities cease, especially through landmines and unexploded ordnance, the proliferation of small arms, the instability of refugee existence and the spread of HIV/AIDS. This grievious toll demands an urgent response to protect children everywhere – the impact of armed conflict on children is everyone's responsibility.
With a powerful photo essay by eminent photographer Sebastião Salgado.
Mrs. Machel is an internationally known advocate for children. Her ground-breaking report, Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, was submitted to the United Nations General Assembly in 1996.