Welcome to Children/Youth as Peacebuilders (CAP)
Children/Youth as Peacebuilders defends the rights of children and youth living in armed conflicts and dangerous situations. We do this by working directly with young people to investigate abuses of their rights and the impact of war on their lives. This evidence forms the basis for community programs and advocacy for justice. Young people participate in all of this work.
CAP works with young people who have been victims, witnesses and combatants in today's wars. Our programs are currently focussing on the rights of young females and children born of war.
News & Latest Reports
The Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) Forced Wife System (Northern Uganda)
A collective portrait of the LRA's use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. This portrait is based on group and individual interviews, artwork and discussions with 85 girls who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army. It describes how Joseph Kony, as General of the LRA, organized a forced wife system as a critical part of his military operations. To read this publication, use this link.
The Colours Of Our Lives
As part of their work to describe and analyze their lives with the Lord's Resistance Army, the girls produced masks to provide security for those who were worried about being identified. They also served as an important activity for girls to think about their memories and to use colour and design as symbols of their experiences. This small publication includes images of the masks as well as the girl's interpretation of the meaning of the colours. To read this publication, use this link.
DARKNESS OF WAR: Children's Memories of the Rwanda Genocide
This exhibit of drawings and writings by youth survivors provides a portrait of their memories and the meaning of war.
Youth leaders in Colombia have a passion for the possibility of change.
Check out this short video with Andrea as she speaks about her work and commitment to social justice and equality.
LIFE IS A DANCE
The politics of Colombia's war and the actions of armed groups have changed considerably over the past 50 years.
This paper analyzes this history and its impact on young people.