Network of Young People Affected by War
The Network of Young People Affected by War has established a partnership with UNICEF, the UN Office of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and with War Child Holland.
Ishmael Beah is a former child soldier from Sierra Leone and is the author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Child Soldier. He is also a UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War.
John Kon Kelei is a former child soldier from Southern Sudan who serves as Public Educator for War Child Holland and is a co-founder of the Cuey Machar Secondary School Foundation.
Grace Akallo is a former girl soldier from Northern Uganda and is the co-author of Girl Soldier: A story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Shena A. Gacu is a former girl soldier from Uganda and is the founder of The African Child Soldiers and War Victims Charity. She is also the author of Child Soldier.
Zlata Filipović was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and is the author of Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo. She is a graduate student of Oxford and currently lives in Ireland.
Emmanuel Jal is a former child soldier from Sudan and is a worldwide acclaimed hip hop singer with a message of peace. He also founded the non-profit organization Gua Africa.