(OSRSG-CAAC) – Twenty years ago, on December 12, the UN General Assembly created a mandate dedicated to better protecting children affected by conflict. This followed an era when graphic images of child soldiers, both boys and girls, being killed, injured or displaced by war had become common features in the media. The world was beginning to comprehend the reality that thousands of children were facing on a daily basis. In the years that followed, few issues have managed to galvanize the international community like the plight of children affected by war.