On April 10th The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative will be hosting acclaimed author Evelyn Amony, and award-winning musician Emmanuel Jal for an evening of education, art, and storytelling at the Rebecca Cohen Auditorium.
No Child's War
A night of performance and storytelling
Today some 230 million children live in conflict-affected countries.
Conflict disrupts lives, access to education and employment. When children don’t have basic rights and opportunities, they are more vulnerable to exploitation. This can lead to their participation in violence, creating long lasting barriers to peace.
There is an urgent need for more adequate protection as children face killing and maiming, sexual violence, abduction and fall prey to recruitment and use by armed forces and groups, among other grave violations of their rights.
Armed conflict is one of the most critical challenges that children and youth face today.
On April 10th join us for a night of storytelling and performance with these two world-leading advocates, educators and performers. Through art and expression, learn more about the various ways children are used as weapons of war around the world.
Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier from South Sudan, overcame incredible challenges to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist. With a microphone in his hand and a message in his heart, he tells the stories of his life as a child soldier in the war-torn region of South Sudan where he fought in the early 1980s.
Evelyn Amony was 11 when she was abducted in Northern Uganda and forced to marry LRA warlord Joseph Kony. She spent another 11 years in the jungle with the LRA rebels in Uganda. In her memoir, “I Am Evelyn Amony’: A memoir of war, rape and survival”, she writes about her harrowing experience, the horrors of war, and the stigma of being a child soldier.