Seyaj and artists discuss risks of child recruitment, and ways of reducing recruitment through art
Yemen, Sana'a, Dec.7, 2011- a panel discussion held Wednesday in Sana'a cautioned against child recruitment risks on social security of Yemen and the region as a whole.
The discussion arranged by Seyaj Organization for Childhood Protection along with Yemeni artists focused on the role of art and artists in raising awareness of violence risks against children, particularly military recruitment and engagement in armed disputes.
The discussion concluded the need to speed up tackling issues of child recruitment, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration of child soldiers who some Yemen's military divisions accepted to demobilize.
The participators emphasized the significance of art different forms in raising awareness of society about child issues.
Chairman of Seyaj, Ahmed Al-Gorashi praised those military commanders who positively responded to Seyaj campaign against child recruitment which was launched on Nov. 13, 2011, exalting the commander of the First Armored Division and the North West Military Region, Ali Mohsin Al-Ahmar and the Defense Minister Mohammad Nasser Ahmed. Al-Gorashi cited that Seyaj is currently seeking to enhance partnerships with all those concerned in child issues so as to demobilize, rehabilitate and reintegrate child soldiers according to the Paris Principles and other relevant conventions.
He further stressed that the organization is to focus on cooperation with all individuals and authorities that can raise society awareness toward children issues.