Thousands of children used as soldiers in wars

Bursa Governor said that there are currently estimated to be 300,000 children who are being used as soldiers in wars and conflicts.

Thousands of children used as soldiers in wars

World Bulletin/News Desk

Bursa Governor Mustafa Güney provided some recent data on the status of the world's children on Monday, including the fact that there are currently estimated to be 300,000 children who are being used as soldiers in wars and conflicts.

Speaking at the 2nd International Children's Rights Film Festival, the governor described some of the conditions experienced by children across the globe. He highlighted the number of child soldiers, saying, “300,000 children are now used as soldiers in the world. They die or kill someone before they can enjoy their childhood. Moreover, every day 3,000 children are forced into prostitution. Every day nearly 1,000 AIDS-infected babies are born and there are 300,000 orphans across the world.” After his speech, presentations were given by the municipality elaborating further on the subject of children's rights and how those rights are often violated.

Turkey is making efforts to address both the causes and effects of the violation of children's rights, particularly neglect and violence. There have been cases of police officers accused of using excessive force against children, as well as numerous children that have died as a result of the state's neglect, in addition to domestic abuse and child molestation. The governor used the occasion of the film festival to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for continued work.

The International Children's Rights Film Festival is being held at Bursa's Atatürk Congress and Culture Center. A three-day event running through Monday, the festival consists of a series of film screenings throughout the day for local primary school and high school children, as well as screenings in the evenings that are to open public. The event also features a program of workshops in film, photography and drawing. The results of these workshops will be displayed in an exhibition on the final day of the festival. About 10,000 children are expected to attend the festival this year.

Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2013, 12:28
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