Case Study: South Sudan
David*, 16, was abducted from his school by armed militants in South Sudan and placed in a military camp with other boys where he was deprived of food and beaten if he didn’t learn to fight. He was eventually forced to fight on the front line of the country’s brutal civil war.
Luckily, David escaped under the guise of collecting firewood and now lives in a shelter.1 Estimates suggest there are still 16,000 child soldiers in South Sudan.2
Creating safe schools in conflict areas will help protect children from military recruitment.
For children around the world, war, violence and disaster are part of everyday life. With their schools being attacked and destroyed, many are unable to seek education and are left at risk of exploitation, trafficking and being forced into armed conflict.
Education is a critical element of any effort to eliminate child slavery and exploitation in emergency situations because it offers children the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to create futures full of opportunity – not vulnerability. Without it, children are at greater risk to the worse forms of modern slavery.3
This year, UNICEF have revealed that 24 million children living in conflict zones around the world are out of school.4
Alongside our partner, A World At School, we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas get access to education and find protection from slavery. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worse situations. We want world leaders to publicly commit to making donations to this fund, so that children like Yassan and David can have a future away from slavery.
Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.
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- http://www.childrenofsouthsudan.info ↩
- https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/12/14/south-sudan-terrifying-lives-child-soldiers ↩
- http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/javed-khan/child-trafficking-uk_b_5458055.html ↩
- http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/world/conflicts-keep-24-million-children-out-of-school-unicef-report-finds.html?_r=0 ↩
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-34714021 ↩
- http://www.unfpa.org.ph/index.php/news/92-more-support-needed-to-protect-3-7-million-women-and-girls-post-haiyan ↩