Anna Cataldi born Turin, Italy November 14, 1939. Italian humanitarian journalist and film producer; UN Messenger for Peace 1998-2006; Goodwill Ambassador World Health Organization to stop TB 2007-11; first humanitarian mission to drought in Somalia 1982; UNICEF missions to Sarajevo 1992-94, reporting on effect of war on children; Goodwill Ambassador for European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) 2011-2; co-founded Crimes of War Project 1999.
“We would like to get the message to the world: Sarajevo is dying.” (New York Times, July 4, 1993; photo outreach.un.org)
“Children as young as eight years of age are being forcibly recruited, coerced and induced to become combatants. . . there are now some 300,000 children serving as soldiers in over 30 conflicts around the world—as many as one third of children pressed into service or recruited by armed groups are girls. Often they are forced to act as sex slaves in addition to their other tasks.” (“Crimes of War—Child Soldiers")