The Impact of War on Children: A Review of Progress since the 1996 United Nations Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children / Edition 1

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The impact of armed conflict on children is devastating and total. War wounds children's bodies and destroys their spirit. Using examples from around the world, this book analyses the special vulnerabilities of children when families and communities are torn apart, schools are destroyed and stability shattered. Children are routinely forced into active combat, sexually exploited and abandoned to malnutrition, starvation and disease. This book demonstrates how war's legacy of horror continues to affect children long after hostilities cease, especially through landmines and unexploded ordnance, the proliferation of small arms, the instability of refugee existence and the spread of HIV/AIDS. The toll demands an urgent response to protect children everywhere.

As author Graca Machel, an international advocate for children, notes in the preface, the impact of armed conflict on children is everyone's responsibility.

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In this authoritative and moving work, Machel (Univ. of Cape Town; United Nations Univ. for Peace), an international advocate for children, reviews and evaluates individual and group efforts to codify and enforce human rights standards for the treatment of the world's children, many of whom are still forced into combat at a tender age or denied education, physical and social nourishment, and shelter. She cites the exploitation of children as an international shame comparable to the denial of equal rights to women, who, along with the young, are victims of violent approaches to conflict resolution. Machel also discusses the growing HIV/AIDS crisis, ramifications of the influential powers of global communications media, land mine and cluster bomb dangers, worldwide availability of light weapons, negative effects of economic sanctions, and the importance of women's present and potential contributions to decisions involving their own and the world's children. Included is a 16-page section of poignant photographs, "a testimony" to children's suffering and resiliency, by the author's brother, a UNICEF special representative and, more famously, a longtime visual documenter of the world's downtrodden. Highly recommended for a concerned readership, as well as public, academic, and professional libraries. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology at Alfred Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850654858
  • Publisher: United Nations Publications
  • Publication date: 3/8/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial note
Ch. 1 Wars against children
Ch. 2 Child soldiers
Ch. 3 Children forced to flee
Ch. 4 Children under siege from HIV/AIDS
Ch. 5 Ending sexual violence and exploitation
Ch. 6 The toll on children's health
Ch. 7 Promoting psychosocial recovery
Ch. 8 Education for survival and development
Ch. 9 Threats to life and limb: Landmines and unexploded ordnance
Photo essay. War on children: A testimony
Ch. 10 Small arms, light weapons: Mass destruction
Ch. 11 Protecting children from sanctions
Ch. 12 Raising standards for child protection
Ch. 13 Women and the peace process
Ch. 14 Media and communications
Ch. 15 A children's agenda for peace and security
Annex I.: Glossary of progress
Annex II Summary of recommendations presented to the International Conference on War-affected Chlldren
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