All around the world people have been working to try to stop the process of child soldiers.
Progress has been made in developing an international legal and policy framework for protecting children from involvement in armed conflict.
An increasing number of governments have "ratified" or agreed to become legally bound by a series of international laws banning the use of child soldiers in armed conflict.
The statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), established in 1998, provides for the prosecution and punishment of those found guilty of recruiting children under the age of 15 for use in hostilities.
Un Organizations: that condemned the recruitment and use of child soldiers...
The UN General Assembly,
The UN Commission on Human Rights
The African Union (formerly the Organization for African Unity)
The European Union
The Organization of American States
And the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Effects: (aspect of a child's development) *taking away their rights
Children affected by armed conflict can be:
injured or killed
taken from their homes and communities
internally displaced or refugees
orphaned or separated from their parents and families
subjected to sexual abuse and exploitation
victims of trauma as a result of being exposed to violence
" One boy tried to escape, but he was caught. They made him eat a mouthful of red pepper, and five people were beating him. His hands were tied, and then they made us, the other new captives, kill him with a stick. I felt sick. I knew this boy from before. We were from the same village. I refused to kill him and they told me they would shoot me. They pointed a gun at me, so I had to do it. The boy was asking me, "Why are you doing this?" I said I had no choice. After we killed him, they made us smear his blood on our arms. I felt dizzy. There was another dead body nearby, and I could smell the body. I felt so sick. They said we had to do this so we would not fear death and so we would not try to escape."
- shows how bad their experience was, this is from a 16 year old girl who became a child soldier