Delegates and staff of the Permanent Missions in NY are invited to attend the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict’s screening of "Children of War" – a unique documentary which tells the story of a group of former child soldiers in northern Uganda as they undergo a process of emotional and spiritual healing in a rehabilitation centre using local culture and traditions.
The award-winning documentary pictures the life of children in northern Uganda who struggle to confront and break through years of abuse, extremist religious ideology and witnesses of war crimes after having been abducted and forced to become fighters by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.
“Children of War reminds all of us of the necessity to build a moral consensus that no child should take part in hostilities and that former child soldiers must be assisted by their governments,” - Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy says. “It is therefore crucial that member states that are not yet part of the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict ratify this treaty that foresees the protection of children during and after war” – the Special Representative said referring to the campaign “Zero under 18” aimed at universal ratification of the Optional Protocol.
Since the launch of the campaign on 25th May 2010 that was later named “Zero under 18” more member states have signed or ratified this treaty then in all of 2009.
The screening Children of War will be followed by a Question and Answer session with Radhika Coomaraswamy, Bryan Single, the director of Children of War as well as Jane Ekayu, who is featured in the documentary. A special musical performance by Geoffrey Oryema, a renowned Ugandan musician will round off the event.
You are all cordially invited to attend this special event on 12 October 2010 at 7 pm at the United Nations General Assembly Hall – Visitors Entrance Ist Avenue and East 46th Street, New York, NY. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
For our colleagues in the field, we are exploring the possibility to produce an information package on the movie and event that we can forward to you.
To learn more about the film, please visit: http://www.childrenofwarfilm.com
To join out campaign “Zero under 18”, please visit: