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Wed 7 May 2008, 12:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Aotea Chapel, 370 Queen Street, Auckland Central

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  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Silke

Child Soldiers: Experiences and Reintegration of Girl Soldiers

World-renowned expert on child protection Dr Mike Wessells is visiting New Zealand next week. He is a professor at Columbia University, an advisor to the United Nations and governments, and an author of several books. His most recent book, published last year, is Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection.

Dr Wessells is visiting New Zealand in his role as ChildFund's Senior Child Protection Advisor and sharing his expertise, particularly in emergencies, with international aid and development agencies based in this country.

In countries around the world, Dr Wessells helps to develop community-based, culturally grounded programmes that assist children, families, and communities affected by armed conflict and emergencies.

As part of his visit, Dr Wessells is giving two free public talks at lunchtime in Auckland and Wellington. All are welcome to attend and listen to a very compelling speaker.

Dr Wessells will talk about the experiences of child soldiers, the unique challenges of girls who become soldiers, what happens when they return home, and how aid and development agencies are helping with their rehabilitation.

Restaurants to book near Public Talk: Experiences of Girl Child Soldiers