Sierra Leone and others – all countries where Plan works. Findings include:
child victims of conflict – both girls and boys – endure unimaginable experiences that leave them traumatized and vulnerable to further abuse;
children in refuge camps are at particular risk of abduction, as well as rape and other forms of physical and mental abuse;
not enough is being done to give former child soldiers real hope for the future;
the systematic and deliberate attacks on schoolchildren, teachers and school buildings have escalated in certain countries.
Plan Canada calls on the international community to provide additional funding for projects to help former child soldiers reintegrate into society. More must also be done to protect children from abduction by armed groups. Solutions require real actions. Plan has now moved into three