A one-hour radio documentary focusing on current events and issues involving children and military conflict.
A Tale of Two Brothers
Charlayne Hunter-Gault meets two brothers who fought on opposite sides of Angola's civil war. One was kidnapped by UNITA rebels and the other fought for the government. The two brothers didn't see each other for 22 years. The story illuminates the problem of child soldiers and how Angola is taking steps toward reconciliation.
 
Britain's Very Young Guns
Child soldiers aren't just a problem in the Third World. Veteran BBC correspondent Max Easterman looks at the impact of the British military's recruitment of soldiers as young as 15 3/4. These teen soldiers face many of the same problems as their counterparts in underdeveloped countries.
 
The Hidden Killer
As the United States prepared for war with Iraq, program producer Reese Erlich visited southern Iraq to investigate how the US use of depleted uranium affects children. Doctors report high rates of childhood cancer, as do doctors in Bosnia, where DU was also used.
 
Dangerous Escapes
Common Ground radio co-host Keith Porter travels to refugee camps in Kosovo to explore how escaping a war can be almost as dangerous as war itself, even after the shooting stops. He also finds out what can be done to help children displaced by conflict.
 
Hope for Healing
Even when war ends, children are still in danger. Perhaps the greatest danger is the prospect for another conflict. Common Ground radio co-host Kristin McHugh reports from Kosovo, Macedonia, and Cambodia on three successful NGO programs designed to help heal the mind, body, and spirit of child war victims.
 
What Can the World Do?
In recent years the United Nations has passed numerous agreements protecting the rights of children and banning child soldiers. But are these international treaties having any impact? Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviews UN officials and human rights activists, and visits an Angolan food distribution center to find out.

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child's drawing of buildings, burning tanks, dead soldier, helicopters, and missiles
Charlayne Hunter-Gault in the field - photo by Reese Erlich
3-year-old Kosovar Albanian boy displaced by war - photo by Kristin McHugh

Landmines, one for every 20 children around the globe, remain ready to claim their next victim.
'Family! Mama, Papa, and me' - child's drawing of his family
a very young child soldier wearing a beret and toting a machine gun - UN/DPI photo
a young Cambodian girl is fitted with a back brace - photo by Kristin McHugh
no child soldiers sign in the shape of a red hand - UN/DPI photo
In the past 20 years, children under 16 have fought in at least 16 wars in 25 countries.
child's drawing of a fighter jet and a row of tanks
'Danger!! Mines!!' - red Cambodian land mine warning sign with skull and crossbones
Iraqi child war victim in a hospital - photo by Reese Erlich
woman and baby in line for Angola food aid delivery - Photo by Reese Erlich
War has claimed the lives of 2 million children in the past decade.