The friends of the Children in War Memorial Day Project will gather at the Memorial to the Innocents in the grassy enclosure, near the West Door of Westminster Abbey at 11.00am to remember and reflect on all children caught up in war and conflict. The event will commence at 11.00am and a wreath will be laid.
An International Conference ‘Lost Childhoods of War’ was held at Reading University hosted by Professor Martin Parsons. Distinguished academics and writers in the field of War Child Studies from the USA, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the UK
Member of Parliament Barry Gardiner (Labour, Brent North) has proposed the setting up of an Early Day Motion to support the idea of a National and subsequently International Day of Recognition for the Children in War Memorial Day Project. The ideal date would be 20th November annually as has been promoted by the Nordic countries. We look forward to cross-party support for this emotive issue.
Once again a wreath was laid at the Soviet Memorial in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park adjacent to the Imperial War Museum by Irene Glausiusz, Honorary Secretary of the Children in War Memorial Project. Its purpose was and is to remember the untold millions of children lost in World War Two and also those in all the ongoing conflicts around the globe. Unfortunately children are the innocent victims.
For the record, the Russians commemorate the ending of Victory in Europe on 9th May one day later than the Allied Forces, because the message of victory was passed to the Soviet Union via eastern time.
On November 20th 1989 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
It has been proposed by WW2 Finnish and Swedish warchild groups – and the Trustees of the Children in War Memorial Project, that this fitting date, the 20th November, should be recognised throughout the world as a day to reflect and focus on the plight of boys and girls caught up in both past and now ongoing conflicts.
Millions of young people were evacuated from war zones seventy years ago and regrettably history keeps on repeating itself. Again they are fleeing horrendous fighting, transported to unfamiliar and often unwelcoming destinations throughout Europe and the UK.
Approaches are envisaged to the European Parliament and the United Nations.
The 4th International War-Child Conference ‘ LOST CHILDHOODS OF WAR’ was held at Reading University from 7th-9th September 2011. The event was organised and hosted by Professor Martin Parsons. He welcomed a distinguished panel of world class academics in the field of war child studies, who travelled from the USA, Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Estonia, plus representatives from around the UK.
The conference also showcased several students from Reading University who presented papers. They are currently completing undergraduate and post graduate degrees.
Professor Parsons is Director of War Child Studies at Reading and Lodz Universities. He edits the ‘Children in War Journal’. In 2009 he established the War Child Archive at the Museum of English Rural Life.