Isn't Timmy Sweet With His Kalashnikov?

Unicef Uses Toys to Raise Awareness About Child Soldiers

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When we talk about children "playing soldiers," we often think of little boys running around a backyard with sticks as guns. Playing soldiers as a child in Africa is often less about sticks and yards, and more about AK-47s and civil war.

For this reason UNICEF sent a package to supporters asking to turn soldiers back into children. A familiar pack of plastic toy soldiers was sent out as a piece of direct mail. Once opened, it was clear that the green figurines were not armed, but were simply doing "normal' things for children -- riding a bike, playing football or sitting in a class room.

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