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Great Films

  • Blood Diamond - This movie explores child soldiers, displacement, protection, internally displaced people, refugees, criminal courts and family links.
  • War Child: “Left home at the age of seven/one year later I’m carryin’ an Ak-47.” For hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war, these lyrics are hardly empty posturing. They are the bitter reality of a young man who was “forced to sin” but determined to “never give up and never give in.”
  • RESTREPO – this movie is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.
  • Kandahar - During the Taliban era, Kandahar follows an Afghani-Canadian woman as she attempts to enter Afghanistan in search of a despondent sister.
  • Fog of War - Featuring interviews with Robert McNamara, this movie explores the experiences of the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War.
  • The Power of One - This film shows how youth helped to fight apartheid in South Africa.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – The innocence of childhood savagely collides with the Holocaust.

Recommended Reading

The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols are at the core of international humanitarian law.

    Understanding IHL – An overview of the law:

  • ICRC. Answers to Your Questions. Introduction to international humanitarian law that explores how even in war there are limits: limits on the conduct of warfare and limits on the behavior of combatants.

    Real-life stories and Memoirs:

  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Memoir written by Ishmael Beah to relate his experience during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone and the ongoing plight of child soldiers in conflicts worldwide.
  • Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War - In this book written by Jimmie Briggs, he relates some of the devastating stories of child soldiers he met during his career as a freelance journalist in war-torn countries.
  • War Child: A Child Soldier’s Story - This memoir by Emmanuel Jal and Megan Davies tells of Emmanuel Jal’s his experience as a child soldier in Sudan in the 1990s, his exile, and the late adoption by a British aid worker that changed his life, leading him to music.

    Novels:

  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - Amid the nightmarish chaos of a Civil War battle, a young soldier discovers courage, humility, and, perhaps, wisdom.
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding - A dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.

Games

  • Prisoners of War – The Red Cross Movement: Interactive conflict map and prisoner of war game based on Geneva Conventions.

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Share: Tell Us Your Stories

Submit photos, stories, feedback, questions and resources to IHLYouth@redcross.org

Volunteer

  • Contact your local chapter to find out about their international humanitarian law-related projects. Join or start a Red Cross Club at your school or college. Work directly with your local chapter and lead your peers by creating opportunities for them to provide service to your community through the American Red Cross.
  • Volunteer or become an intern for the American Red Cross National Headquarters. You can volunteer year-round, working on a variety of tasks to help the program reach more students like you. The Red Cross offers both paid and unpaid internship opportunities through our summer intern program. You can also become an EHL Youth Ambassador, acting as a voice for youth and the EHL program.
  • If you have any questions about these options, email Rachele Tardi.

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