After having their passports confiscated, launching missile attacks in enemy territory, and being judged by a war tribunal – all in one afternoon – local teens from New Roots Charter School in Ithaca started to look at war and conflict in a completely different way. The teens participated in the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Action Campaign and showed what they learned by creating a skit, combined with a scavenger hunt.
This year’s IHL Action Campaign focused on child soldiers and international justice, and local students joined their counterparts across the country in creating projects to showcase how those around the world can maintain human dignity in times of conflict. The team from New Roots Charter School in Ithaca was selected to have one of the best campaigns, and will compete June 5-8 at the National IHL Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
The promotion of human dignity during times of armed conflict – including protections for civilians, wounded and sick combatants and prisoners of war – is at the cornerstone of IHL and at the heart of the Red Cross mission. The campaign engages youth on these issues, teaching that “even wars have limits.” This is the second year students from New Roots Charter School have participated in this program.
Watch this video to learn more about the New Roots campaign.
The other teams from Central New York competing this year were from C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, the OASIS After School Program in Endicott, the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club, and Cornell University. All of these teams did an outstanding job creating campaigns and working together during the past few months. The Red Cross of Central New York is very proud of their efforts and will be holding celebrations for each team within the next month.
If you would like to learn more about the IHL program or know youth who may be interested, please contact Julie Mucilli, Regional Youth and Young Adult Volunteer Manager, at Julie.Mucilli@redcross.org. Congratulations to everyone involved in the IHL Action Campaign!