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November 2008

Honoring human rights

The history and politics of human rights, from ancient times, to the modern-day plight of child soldiers in Africa, were discussed as part of the 2008 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series in October.

Ishmael Beah, who was conscripted as a child soldier in his war-torn home country of Sierra Leone, delivered the keynote address “Children at War” in Aycock Auditorium.

The lectures were part of Human Rights Week at UNCG Oct. 27-31. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Beah's 2007 memoir “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solder” recounts the years he spent as a teenage soldier followed by his long journey toward self-forgiveness and healing.

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