Calgary Bridge Foundation club bused over 20 students, and 14 other teens from the community dropped in for the Refugee Experience teen program on Child Soldiers. The teen program included a presentation by Anthony Lavala, a Refugee who spent ten years in a camp and now works with Refugees who survived the trauma of war as children, many of whom were child soldiers.
All hands on board for the Red Hand Campaign
His talk generated many questions from the teens, many of them focusing on the unfairness, abuse and human rights violations as they struggled to understand the issues surrounding civil wars. The event ended with an introduction to the Red Hand Campaign, a tribute to the 250,000 children who are used worldwide in adult wars despite the practice being made illegal in 2002 by the UN Convention of Children Rights. More than 350,000 red hands have been collected from over 40 countries and sent to politician and policy makers. The teens added their handprints to the protest movement, and they will be sent to our local MLA’s and MP’s.