PUPILS at a school near Worcester have been learning about life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
A series of school lectures have been held at Abberley Hall School near Great Witley including one by Michelle Evington, a former human rights lawyer with the United Nations.
“My UN postings included Haiti, post-genocide Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Burundi and one of my most rewarding posts was with the UN office for children and armed conflict, which was the focus of my talk at Abberley Hall," said Mrs Evington.
“I spoke about the changing nature of warfare, the recruitment of children as child soldiers, the devastating impact of landmines and cluster bombs and the impact of war on mental and physical health and on education.”
The talk ended with a video by Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone and author of 'A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier' which is a first-hand account of the plight of child soldiers worldwide.
“Mrs Evington made us all think about the dangers which children in other part of the world have to face - it was very interesting and really made us realise how lucky we are in this country,” said 13-year-old pupil Mia Corrie, who was one of the group of pupils who attended the talk.
Abberley Hall holds a regular ‘Tuesday Club’ lecture for its older pupils, with topics ranging from the life of Charles Darwin to working as a barrister.