Our book and internationally shown exhibit depict the brutality of child warfare globally, e.g., Guatemala, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and Sudan.
Nearly half a million children have been engaged in more than 85 conflicts worldwide.
As armed conflict proliferates, an increasing number of children are exposed to the brutalities of war. Boys and girls around the world are forcibly and voluntarily recruited to be child soldiers by armed forces and militant groups. They might have been tricked into service by manipulative recruiters, or joined to escape poverty or discrimination. Others were abducted from school, the streets, or their homes.
Besides participating in combat, many are used for sex, or as spies, messengers, porters, or servants. Child soldiers are even ordered to plant and clear land mines. Children have become the ultimate weapons and targets of 21st Century war.
PROOF: Media for Social Justice, in partnership with Amnesty International, created the book Child Soldiers to shed light on the inhumanity of child warfare. Featuring the work of photographers and writers from across the globe, the book explores these children’s time as combatants, as well as their demobilization and rehabilitation. It depicts child soldiers in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, Afghanistan, Uganda, The Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Palestine, and Iraq. In becoming front-line targets, these children have lost their innocence, youth, and, for many, their lives.
About the Exhibition
PROOF’s "Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel" exhibit is based on a book by Leora Kahn. It features forty photographs taken by talented and devoted photographers that depict child soldiers from around the world, who have been manipulated by war criminals and subjected to unspeakable violence. Their faces show the reality of lost childhood. The frivolity, joy, defiance, or rebellion of youth is replaced by the deadly seriousness of a gun-toting teenager. This is an internationally traveled exhibition that has been shown at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Italy; the Bonn Kunstmusem in Bonn, Germany; and the U.N. in New York City. It will also be traveling to South Africa, Canada, Spain, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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20 March-17 April 2014
Alliance de Française, Pretoria, South Africa
Presented by The Office of the Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and sponsored by the Canadian Embassy in Durbin
Click here to purchase the book, Child Soldiers, edited by PROOF Executive Director Leora Kahn.
Chris De Bode
Miquel Dewever Plana
Tiane Doan na Champassak
Tim A. Hetherington
Olivier Pin Fat
Vincent van de Wijngaard
Tomas van Houtryve
Kadir van Lohuizen
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala