What is Red Hand Day?

Introduction On Red Hand Day or the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, 12 February each year since 2002, pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to child soldiers: children under the age of 18 who participate in military organisations of all kinds. The… Read More


Analysing the Challenges & Opportunities for Reintegration & Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda

Research Paper Title Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda: An Analysis of the Challenges and Opportunities for Reintegration and Rehabilitation. Abstract The level of brutality and violence against children abducted and forcefully conscripted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda pricked the conscience of humanity. The suffering of the people in northern Uganda was described by… Read More

Discussing Child Soldiers in Genocidal Regimes

Research Paper Title Child Soldiers in Genocidal Regimes: The Cases of the Khmer Rouge and the Hutu Power. Abstract Genocide is one of the worst things one can imagine throughout the history of humanity. But in the cases of Cambodia and Rwanda this was even more serious as children were used as instruments of the… Read More

War, Quarrels & Thieves…

“War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against each other.” Thomas Carlyle (1795 to 1881) A Scottish historian and essayist, whose major works… Read More

Canada’s New Rules of War: When to Shoot a Child Soldier

“What do you do when the enemy taking aim at you is a nine-year-old? One of the worst dilemmas soldiers face is what to do when they confront armed children. International law and most military codes treat underage combatants mainly as innocent victims. They offer guidance on their legal rights and on how to interrogate and demobilise them. They have… Read More