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Comic Book Project:

Helping Children Recognize the Dangers of Recruitment 

Democratic Republic of the Congo and Colombia

Children and their communities must be engaged and aware of the threat of recruitment by armed groups. They must remain vigilant to these forces and intolerant of these practices.  By learning and understanding their rights, the realities and dangers of life with armed groups, and ways to avoid or evade recruitment, children and community members will be better equipped to recognize and resist dangers.   

The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is working with former child soldiers to create a series of comic books that will use stories presented from the perspective of the child to illustrate dangers. Lessons will be embedded into the story lines that are targeted towards a youth audience to convey knowledge on the dangers of recruitment, depicted in a visually engaging and entertaining way.  Emphasis will be placed on designing the comic book for an audience with low literacy levels and distributed to those children/areas that have the highest risk of recruitment, including those living on the streets, orphans, those in displaced persons camps and those not in school.

The first comic books will be produced based on interviews with former child soldiers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Colombia.

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