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Intact gives$ 1 Million to counter the use of child soldiers in Rwanda


Hubert Roy

December 6, 2018 09:30

Charles Brindamour, Romeo Dallaire, Shelly Whitman, and Ishmael Beah | Photo : Greg Kessler

Intact financial Corporation will pay $ 1 million to the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative to support the establishment of a regional centre for training and learning in Rwanda.

These new funds will help the Initiative Dallaire to maintain a permanent presence in Africa. Focuses on the practice, research and the defence of the rights of children, this centre will serve as a meeting place where people from different countries can exchange and learn how to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers. According to the annual report 2018 to the secretary general of the united nations on the plight of children in times of armed conflict, seven national armies and 56 armed groups in 14 countries that recruit and use child soldiers.

Charles Brindamour visited Rwanda in April

“The Initiative Dallaire is a pioneer in the field of prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers and its permanent presence in Rwanda will be more effective, argues Charles Brindamour, ceo of Intact financial Corporation. This spring, I spent time in Rwanda alongside members of the Initiative Dallaire. I have found the importance of their work. Although the problem of the use of children in armed conflicts is far from being resolved, the team of the lieutenant-general is making progress. “

This commitment is Intact the first company to give one million dollars to the Initiative Dallaire. “These funds will be essential to improve our training courses in East Africa and central Africa, where some of the most serious violations are committed against children,” said Shelly Whitman, the executive director of the Initiative Dallaire.

What is the Initiative Dallaire

Founded by the lieutenant-retired general and humanitarian Roméo Dallaire, the Initiative Dallaire’s mission to eradicate the use of child soldiers anywhere in the world through innovative research, the defence of the rights of children and the training of stakeholders in the security sector. It is housed at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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