2 October 2007 - “Machel plus 10” to address children and armed conflict (part 2)

Tape#: JN 7049
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“Simon” was reunited with his family at age fifteen after being abducted by armed militants five years ago.

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Production date: February – March 2007

Duration: 2:02

Keywords: UNICEF, children, militia, Paris Principles, Machel, armed conflict, child soldiers

Main shooting locations: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo; Masisi Territory, Democratic Republic of Congo

Main sequences: In the past ten years, much progress has been made in recognizing the importance of demobilizing child soldiers and reintegrating them with society. As UNICEF reviews the recommendations of the landmark U.N. “Machel Report” on children and armed conflict, the stories of former soldiers are much needed testimony. This is the story of “Simon,” a young man reunited with his family five years after being abducted by a militia group in Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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