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Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War

Oct. 10, 2005 -- Journalist and author Jimmie Briggs discusses the phenomenon of child soldiers around the world during a visit from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery on the Chalon Campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

More than 150,000 children are fighting in three dozen conflicts around the world, from the "little bees" of Colombia to the "baby brigades" of Sri Lanka. Over the last six years, Briggs has been researching, writing about, and talking to these young combatants in Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Afghanistan. The personal and tragic stories of the children reveal the horror of their lives.

The talk is sponsored by the Sociology 164 class: Advocacy and Human Rights, taught by lecturer Pam Bruns as part of the College's Documentary Film and Social Justice program.

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