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Author Topic: GUEST SPEAKER: Jimmie Briggs  (Read 1661 times)
« on: March 14, 2010, 11:27:49 PM »

Date: Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location: 224 Wheeler

International Services has invited guest speaker Jimmie Briggs back on campus to speak to us about his book, "Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War" as well as the Man Up Campaign, which is a global initiative to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. Jimmie Briggs is a highly acclaimed journalist and writer who is currently director of the Man Up Campaign. After his presentation, there will be a question and answer session and discussion regarding his work.

Background Info:
Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War
The book is about children that have been forced to fight wars. Jimmie Briggs has disputed the popular saying that the truth is the first casualty of war. He believes the first casualty of war is always the children. Young children are being used as soldiers, scouts, cooks and sexual servants in conflicts around the world. These conflicts are mostly third world countries where there is little or no enforcement of laws and the children are often fighting on both sides of the conflicts. The organization with the dubious distinction of having the youngest soldier, only five years old forced to fight with small arms is the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda led by Joseph Kony. Even the most intense media coverage of a war pays very little attention to the children who are affected. This includes those forced into combat as well as those that are wounded or killed as a result of collateral damage and those who suffer from malnutrition and lack of schooling and medical treatment.

The Man Up Campaign: http://www.manupcampaign.org/

NOTE: Given Jimmie Briggs line of work, material presented may explicit depictions of violence and rape. We advise that you prepare yourself and if you are easily offended by such material, please refrain from attending the event.
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