Child Soldier Relief


The mission of Child Soldier Relief Foundation (CSR), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization designated by the Internal Revenue Code, is to advocate on behalf of child soldiers by serving as a central repository of information on all topics relating to the topic of child soldiers.

News and Upcoming Events – Spread the word!

NEWS AND EVENTS                                           


Johnny Mad Dog Screening and Discussion.  September 11-12 at Wisdom in DC.  Email us for more information and stay tuned.

Johnny Mad Dog Screening and Discussion.  September 28 – Hosted by Child Soldier Relief, Johnny Mad Dog Foundation and American University Washington Semester Program.  More information to come!

APRIL 2011

Johnny Mad Dog Screening and Panel.  April 7 CSRF served on a panel following a screening of the film Johnny Mad Dog, along with David Smith from the United States

Institute for Peace, and Samuel Sherman, assistant director for the film and founder of the Johnny Mad Dog Foundation. The film is a must-see; the actors are former child soldiers that Samuel helps support through the work of his foundation. Stay tuned for details on more screenings and an upcoming collaboration with Samuel and his organization.

Johnny Mad Dog is a 2008 French/Liberian film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, based on the novel Johnny Chien Méchant (2002) by the Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala, and starring Christopher Minie, Daisy Victoria Vandy, Dagbeh Tweh, Barry Chernoh, Mohammed Sesay and Joseph Duo.

Contact us for more information if you or your school is interested in screening the film.

GWU Grand Rounds: Topic Northern Ugandan Former Child Soldiers.

April 14 CSRF participated in a discussion on DDR (demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation) techniques and programs after a presentation by Dr. Robert Meisner on his recent research of trauma in former child soldiers in Northern Uganda, at the PGY-II Grand Rounds at GWU Hospital (Washington, DC). Dr. Meisner led a lively debate on how “traditional cleansing rituals help to reintegrate soldiers into a perceived ‘safe’ attachment network where previous trauma can be explored.” A trauma counselor from Northern Virginia Family Service also contributed her findings on using art therapy for war-affected children from Sierra Leone.

Act.  Check out CSR’s new cause page on Facebook.

Join our Cause.  And our new page.  Stop for a moment and consider giving your time.  Or support us with a donation towards one of our newest collaborative research projects: “Ensuring proper mental health care: an analysis of lessons learned from a selection of centers that treat former child soldiers.”  We can’t do it without you!


An interview with CSRF on the Santa Fe, Be Me Better Radio Show on 1260 KTRC (stay tuned for broadcast date).  In May, CSRF heads to NYC for a presentation with General Dallaire and meetings with our partner organizations Child Soldiers Initiative and Mandala House.

MARCH 2011

Child Soldier Relief Foundation receives its first grant!

We are so grateful to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund for awarding Child Soldier Relief Foundation its first grant toward furthering our advocacy work on behalf of former child soldiers.

CSRF Needs your help

We are pleased and proud to finally be able to announce our capital fundraising campaign.  Donations from organizations and individuals will allow us to advance the projects and plans that we have started here at CSRF.  For more information on grants and donating, please go here.  We truly appreciate all of your support!

Lubanga Trial Updates for November, December 2010 and February 2011

Director of Research Projects Kate Davey has been covering the Lubanga Trial since it began in February 2009.  Since then, she has written more than thirty reports and trial updates in an effort to provide a user-friendly summary of the trial. In addition, she has focused on the plight of girl soldiers forced to be “wives”, the issue of paid and/or false testimony, courtroom security and ensuring adequate witness protection.   Check out the most recent updates here.

CSR welcome new partners, Mandala House and Somali Child Rights Organization (SOCHRO-UGANDA)

Child Soldier Relief Foundation works to promote, network and support foundations and organizations with goals similar to ours.  Thus far, we have partnered with organizations in the United States, Uganda, Somalia, Afghanistan, Canada, Rwanda, United Kingdom and Columbia.  We are actively working to create a networking tool to coordinate funding, research, grants, discussion and information-sharing among our partners. For more information on our partners or to contact us about being a partner, please see our partner page.


CSR achieves Non-Profit Status

We are excited to announce that Child Soldier Relief Foundation is now a federally recognized non-profit, tax exempt organization.  We are in the process of applying for grants and initiating some fundraising projects, so please stay tuned.

CSR collaborates with field researcher Katie Rose

CSR is collaborating with Katie Rose, a resident of Maryland, U.S.A. and Master’s student at the University of Dublin, Ireland.  For completion of her thesis in pursuit of a Master of Science in Global Health, Katie was required to travel to a destination of her choice to conduct her own individual research,

rather than perform the more traditional literature review or internship required by most programs.  She chose as her topic area the rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers and child mothers in Northern Uganda.  Read about her work here.

Site now in French and English

Recognizing that many of our readers speak French as their first language, we have teamed up with Translator and legal intern Anneke Victorica, a lawyer from the United States and France to help us in making a French version of our website and key documents.  It is a work in progress, but check out for the “Français” button listing the translated pages and documents.

Updates on the Lubanga Trial

Check out our most updated analysis of the Lubanga Trial by our Director of Research Projects, Kate Davey.


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