Children are among the most vulnerable of human beings. Yet some societies conscript children as young as 7 into their armies. Some societies (including the UK) operate foreign policies leading to the deaths of thousands of childrenchild soldier world-wide. Few societies are immune to such child abuse. If we agree that the care and education of children are important priorities, we should be urgently raising awareness of the causes of violent conflict and looking for the means to prevent it, at all levels, at all costs.

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