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12th November 2017The Silvana Arbia Foundation against child soldiers >

The African region of the Great Lakes

During the last ten years, the African Region of the Great Lakes has been the scene of fierce fighting where millions of people lost their lives, hundreds of millions became refugees and/ or displaced persons.

"The Greek philosopher Plato wrote that society is composed of three social strata: the agriculturists, the soldiers and the wise. The first must, through their labour, provide for the material wellbeing of the population; the second must defend their city against its enemies; the third must rule the Republic.
Beware of the State that is governed by soldiers!

Alas, the words of Plato have gone unheeded in the Region of the Great Lakes where the military are prepared for anything provided the can conquer and remain in power.
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Contribute to the promotion and preservation of peace

Inherent to the practice of conscription of minors in the Region of the African Grand Lakes, by reducing and even removing all impediments to accessing education and also supporting all other means for the protection of minors

Establishment of an International Convention

Encourage the development of standard prevention and protection measures

Support activities against poverty

Encourage research and data collecting

Enable or establish campaigns for the prevention

To support of children and women living in the region of the African Grand Lakes where the environmental conditions are at risk and pro- hibit all forms of personal growth and development as prescribed by the fundamental human rights.

Reinforce the leverage over minors of mothers

To protect them from kidnapping, abductions and all other forms of violence.

Cooperate with institutions

Governmental and non-governmental, public and private institutions with proven competence and neutral commitment.

A practice that must end

"My squad is my family, my gun is my provider and protector, and my rule is to kill or be killed."
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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