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550 Hands for politicians in Luxemburg

Boys and girls of the primary school Rosport in Luxemburg took part in this year's Red Hand Day Campaign


Boys and girls of the primary school Rosport in Luxembourg took part in this year's Red Hand Day Campaign.

The handover of the collected handprints took place on 1 February 2013 and had deeply moving moments of empathy and commitment. Performances of music, dance and poem as highlights were also included in the ceremony. 552 red hands, proudly presented by the children, were given to Romain Osweiler (mayor of the community of Rosport), René Schlechter (ombudsperson for child rights in Luxembourg) and Georges Bach (European Member of Parliament).

Now it is up to the politicians to make headway. They have the task to pass the red hands on to the United Nations in New York, for the attention of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The couple of weeks before Red Hand Day, teachers and pupils had dedicated their school lessons to bring about awareness of the use of child soldiers. The kids heard about the plight of child soldiers, their childhoods destroyed and unfortunate fate. Child soldiers, some hardly older than primary school pupils, are deprived of education and exposed to the atrocities of war. The school kids gave their undivided attention to the touching project.