(Khaama Press) – Op-Ed by Leila Zerrougui Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict A few days before I was scheduled to travel to Afghanistan, I read about the death of Wasil Ahmad. You may remember him. Wasil was an 11-year-old Afghan boy, described as a hero by some in his community for helping fight the Taliban. According to the news reports, he took up arms last summer, reportedly after a member of his family was killed. Earlier this year, he was gunned down on his way to school in an act of revenge by the Taliban. Wasil’s death is in many ways emblematic of the challenges we face to protect children affected by conflict in Afghanistan.