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International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers: What can be done

February 12th is the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers. Around the world, children are associated with, and used during, armed conflict with devastating effects on both the child and society. A child associated with armed conflict is not limited to children who engage in the fighting, as children are often used by parties to a conflict as cooks, messengers, and/or for sexual purposes. Many armed groups specifically recruit or capture children because they are easy to physically and mentally control.

Working together to support Ethiopians displaced by conflict

An obvious sense of pride washes over Abebe Dotamo when he talks about his homeland. He describes Ethiopia as a country with a long history of people from different ethnicities, religions and cultures living and working together in harmony. That pride and passion is something that Abebe brings to his work as the local branch manager of the Kembata Zone for the Ethiopian Red Cross.

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