Case Study. Community approaches to children and armed conflict in Myanmar

A difficult and sensitive area of Save the Children's protection work in Myanmar is preventing the recruitment of children into armed groups and gaining the release of children under 18 (or those who were recruited while under 18).Curtailing recruitment into armed groups is difficult since youth are usually duped into migrating away from their homes, communities and villages, thinking that they are migrating to get a good job. To address this, community child-protection groups are working to ensure that all planned migrations are well documented and legitimate before children and adults leave. Save the Children works with UNICEF, ILO and other organisations to help children who have been released to settle back into their communities. This case study from Myanmar highlights the experiences, impacts and lessons learned in the process.

Published 2011-07-07

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