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​Peter Khalil, Federal Labor Member for Wills and co-chair of Friends of UNICEF Parliamentary Association invites you to meet Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and UNICEF Ambassador.

Sierra Leone, 1991: Ishmael was forcibly recruited as a child soldier after the outbreak of a brutal civil war in 1991, which uprooted the lives of millions. His parents and two brothers were killed in the uprising. Ishmael’s story is far too common among children in the world today.

Yet, with UNICEF’s help, after two years, Ishmael was released from fighting forces into a rehabilitation home. Having experienced the power of UNICEF’s important humanitarian work, first hand, he is now an advocate who works with children all around the world.

Ishmael will talk about his experiences as a child soldier, how UNICEF helped him and his mission to ensure every child is protected from a life of violence.

Ishmael’s experience is proof of the transformative power of UNICEF’s work and the importance of listening to children’s stories. For more information about Ishmael and his life, watch this short video here.

Peter Khalil is the federal Labor Member for Wills, representing people in Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner, Glenroy, Oak Park and Hadfield. He was first elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2019.

Peter’s passions are foreign policy, multiculturalism and human rights. Prior to his election, Peter was a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and a Director at SBS. Peter was a foreign policy and national security adviser to the prime minister (2007-2008).