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무력분쟁으로 고통 받는 어린이에게 도움을 호소하는 Ishmael Beah

2007.11.23

무력분쟁으로 고통 받는 어린이에게 도움을 호소하는 Ishmael Beah

* Ishmael Beah appointed Advocate for Children Affected by War
* Shoot Date: 20 Nov 2007

Ishmael Beah represents hope to every child who has suffered in armed conflict. Orphaned and then forced into combat in Sierra Leone at the age of thirteen, he was freed and rehabilitated by UNICEF.

SOT Ishmael Beah Advocate for Children Affected by War
“I met UNICEF at a time in my life when I had perhaps lost hope and faith in humanity ….”

He wrote a best-selling book about his life—and began speaking out about children’s rights.

Today his relationship with UNICEF was made official—as an advocate for children affected by war.

SOT Ann M. Veneman UNICEF Executive Director
“Ishmael has helped put a voice and human face to the suffering of children around the world impacted by armed conflict.”

Ishmael Beah’s appointment celebrates the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child—which lays the ground rules for a better life for all children.

SOT Ishmael Beah Advocate for Children Affected by War
“I’m very thankful and humbled for this position. I think for me it’s just a way to give me more strength to continue doing what I’ve already embarked on, what I’ve dedicated my life to doing, which is to make sure that what happened to me doesn’t continue to happen to other children around the world.”

Mr Beah said he would try to make sure that children who suffered from violence were given hope for the future, and that they would not allow themselves to be written off as a so-called lost generation.


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