KARA tracks current news about at risk children bringing transparency and attention

to our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

This is only a sampling of what should be reported

the great majority of child trauma & abuse never gets reported.


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Compilation of information and writing on these pages are the hard work of

KARA volunteer Eshanee Singh

Children In Armed Conflict + 

Compiled Children’s Issues Articles, Stories, Video and Data


We all look to the government to provide support in order to protect our children.

Eshanee’s reporting points to a disturbing trend of state inaction in preventing or even intervening in child welfare violations.

To hold our governments accountable and to ensure the well-being of children, more of us need to

contact our local politicians and policy makers and make our concerns known.  

Children have no voice in politics, law or the media.

We must be relentless to effect change.

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Governments and international organizations have passed legislation to ban the use of child soldiers and the practice of child marriage, yet in many countries it is still prevalent. Why? Initiatives have been devised to combat the problem and underlying issues, and some strides have been made, but more needs to be done at all levels of society to protect the innocent and vulnerable.


Indonesia – Indonesia military: Use of child soldiers a rights violation.

The Washington Post.

Despite the ratification of the UN treaty regarding the recruitment of child soldiers, independence fighters have been accused of using child soldiers in Indonesia’s long held armed conflict between a Liberation Arm and Indonesia’s military. Indonesian army has also been accused of serious human rights violations, which includes unlawful killing of civilians.



Millions of child marriages not counted as child labour.

Radio Canada International.

7.5 million children are not included in the International Labour Organization’s statistics on child labour, despite having to engage in hard labour when married off.



India – Child labour in India: Violators go scot-free as only 25% cases reach conviction.

India Today.

India has passed legislation, the Child Labour Act, prohibiting child labour, but because of a poor conviction rate of violators, poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy, the problem of child labour is still occurring. A poor conviction rate of violators may be attributed to a lack of registering and reporting violators in some states. As a result, children continue to face serious long term illness and missed opportunities at an education.



Canada – Child marriage in Canada means country’s efforts to end it abroad are ‘insincere’: researcher.

CTV News.

The legal age of marriage in Canada is 18 with one exception, a person 16 years or older may get married with the consent of their parents or of the court. It is reported that between 2000 and 2018 3382 marriage licences were issued, a statistic which does not include common law marriages involving minors.



Nepal – As world makes gains against child marriage, Nepal struggles to catch up.

The New York Times.

Low literacy rates and economic constraints make chid marriage almost necessary despite the practice being illegal. The dowry that accompanies the marriage and resources which the continuation of school requires makes child marriage an economically smart move. Incentives provided by the government for keeping girl children in school have no proven to be enough.





Canada – Missing and murdered Indigenous women and children : initiatives will rally communities across Canada to commemorate, heal and advance reconciliation.


Government of Canada is investing over $13 million to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls as a response to the recent national inquiry report. The report provides that commemoration is essential to the reconciliation process and as such over 100 projects will receive financial support from this investment.



Isreal – Israeli police deposes victim again in controversial rape case of young girl in West Bank.

I24 International News.

The rape of a school aged girl attracts political commentary in a complicated and sensitive climate. The case had be to reopened due to inconsistencies in the investigation, the accused providing an alibi and no forensic evidence. Individuals along the political spectrum call for varying punishments.



England – Child rapist who ‘kept library of attacks’ jailed.

BBC News.

A man was sentenced for prison for 16 years and placed on the sex offenders register list for life after he filmed himself raping and sexually abusing a young girl.



Vietnam – ‘Shame and pain’: Vietnam starts to grapple with child abuse epidemic.

The Guardian.

Teachers and family members fail to report sexual assault after a student showed serious signs of trauma. This is reported to be reflective of a culture of ignorance, indifference and stigma. The government introduced initiatives which include mandatory sexual assault-prevention classes and textbooks. A UNICEF representative says that more needs to be done by the government in not only in targeting teachers and the police, but also to protect children from online abuse.



Canada – 122 charged in child pornography investigations across Ontario last month.

CBC News.

During police investigations 55 victims were identified, the youngest victim being 3 years old. Police stress the prevalence and reality of the situation in Ontario and that the numbers reported are just the tip of the iceberg .



US – ‘Free dad hugs’ at Pride shows the lasting effect parents’ rejection can have on LGBTQ kids.

USA Today.

It is reported that parental rejection contributes to significant physical and mental health problems of LGBTQ youth, with them being more likely to attempt suicide, having high levels of depression and being more likely to use illegal drugs. Affirmation and acceptance is critical to lasting positive and healthy lives.



Children in Armed Conflict


Children are meant to play, learn and grow, but holding weapons and carrying out attacks are in complete opposite of these goals. The Child Soldiers World Index shows that children have been used in war in at least 18 countries since 2016  and that there is an upward trend in the recruitment of girls and the number of countries with verified cases of child recruitment. With 357 million girls and boys living in areas affected by war or armed conflict, it is clear that the international community needs to take action to stop and prevent the use of children in armed conflicts. Many children join armed groups because of economic or social pressure, or to relieve food insecurity. If we are to ban the use of children in armed conflict, measures need to be taken to first ensure recovery of the child themselves and secondly to equip the child with life skills needed to support themselves and their families. The following videos explain the presence of children in armed conflict and the effects experienced by them.



Hundreds of child soldiers released in the Philippines



Former child soldier Michel Chikwanine tells his story for young readers



Made out to look beautiful and sent out to die – BBC News



Liberia: Child soldiers struggle to reintegrate into society



ISIS’ children: soldiers trained to kill and die



How rape is used as a weapon in South Sudan’s war



Escaped child soldier describes life



Central African Republic: Child soldiers learning to be children again – BBC News


Protecting children affected by armed conflict in South Sudan



Former Child Soldier on Children and Armed Conflict – Briefing to UN Security Council


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