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.
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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