Cockburn, Dallaire featured in research benefit.
Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn and retired Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire will appear at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium on Oct. 4 to raise funds for research on ways to end the use of child soldiers.
Dallaire, known for his efforts to stop the Rwanda genocide, will speak and Cockburn, whose music often addresses global political and environmental issues, will perform.
An estimated 300,000 children in 30 countries are used as soldiers, human mine detectors, porters, spies, suicide messengers and sex slaves. The involvement of young people also contributes to cycles of violence that undermine peace efforts.
The benefit will raise funds for the School of Child and Youth Care’s Child Soldier Initiative. The UVic team includes professors Sibylle Artz, Marie Hoskins, Dan Scott and adjunct Prof. Phil Lancaster, a former military assistant to Dallaire.
The project members, with international partners, are preparing to ground-test intervention strategies designed to involve all community stakeholders. A UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo is the tentative base for the study.
Cockburn and Dallaire are both recipients of honorary degrees from UVic, largely for their humanitarian efforts. Tickets are available (starting April 26) at the University Ticket Centre or by phone: (250) 721-8480.
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