Presbytery of Eastern Virginia says “No child soldiers”

A youth group from the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia participated in a seminar on July 7 and 8, 2015.

The group explored why followers of Jesus and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engage in the public arena and have a presence at the United Nations.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the forced displacement of children, the work of UNICEF, human trafficking, and child soldiers were among the topics the group considered.

Group members made Red Hands to join the campaign to end the use of children as soldiers.

 Group members with their Red Hands

The Red Hands will go to the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia has partnerships and one of the countries cited for recruiting and using children as soldiers by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his 2015 report on children in armed conflict.

We give thanks for the visit by the group from the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia and encourage you to bring a group for a seminar.

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