Cracking Down on Child Recruitment
In a landmark ruling last March, Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was convicted by the International Criminal Court of war crimes for recruiting children into his armed movement. It was the first such verdict delivered by the ICC since its establishment a decade ago.
UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Pernille Ironside has secured the release of 25,000 child soldiers throughout the DRC. She reports on the ruling’s significance to children around the world affected by war:
Pernille has travelled by foot, boat, helicopter, propeller plane and armoured tank to some of the most challenging and insecure areas in the world – to secure the release of tens of thousands of child soldiers from armed groups. Learn more...