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The Aims of the Foundation

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  • Contribute to the promotion and preservation of peace

    inherent to the practice of conscription of minors in the Region of the African Grand Lakes, by reducing and even removing all impediments to accessing education and also supporting all other means for the protection of minors.

  • Prepare for the establishment of an International Convention

    for standard measures in prevention and protection.

  • Support activities against poverty

    and encourage research and data collecting.

  • Enable or establish campaigns for the prevention

    and support of children and women living in the region of the African Grand Lakes where the environmental conditions are at risk and pro- hibit all forms of personal growth and development as prescribed by the fundamental human rights.

  • Reinforce the leverage over minors of mothers

    and other female figures so as to protect them from kidnapping, abductions and all other forms of violence.

  • Cooperate with governments and non-governmental organisations

    public or private, that are confirmed as competent and are entirely neutral.


La fondazione

The Foundation Silvana Arbia was established in San Marino on the 8th of November 2014.
The Foundation was created by Magistrate Silvana Arbia who, for nearly nine years, up to 2008, served in the capacity of Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (TPIR) located in Arusha. Silvana was the accuser of those re- sponsible for the genocide of one million ethnic Tutsi who were massacred in the space of a few months, from April to July 1993, in this severely tormented African country. In 2013 she was awarded the Peace Prize of Soroptimist International of Europe, a prize intended for women who have distinguished themsel- ves in the social environment. Her candidacy was presented by the Club of San Marino that had been active for many years in Rwanda assisting women and orphans.

According to the intentions of the Magistrate, the Foundation must above all support families, and mothers in particular, so that they may resist and react to the abduction of their sons. We must work for a collective awareness so that violence against human beings may cease.

Right now the Foundation is still relatively small, but the aim is to make it better known so that as it grows it can raise awa- reness among the populations and particularly amidst all the members of all the clubs of Soroptimist International.

The African region of the Great Lakes

During the last ten years, the African Region of the Great Lakes has been the scene of fierce fighting where millions of people lost their lives, hundreds of millions became refugees and/ or displaced persons.

"The Greek philosopher Plato wrote that society is composed of three social strata: the agriculturists, the soldiers and the wise. The first must, through their labour, provide for the material wellbeing of the population; the second must defend their city against its enemies; the third must rule the Republic.
Beware of the State that is governed by soldiers!".

Alas, the words of Plato have gone unheeded in the Region of the Great Lakes where the military are prepared for anything provided the can conquer and remain in power.



A selection of documents to explore the world of child soldiers


Child soldiers in Africa

Children and Youth at the ICC: Participation, Protection and Reparations

A practice that must end

"My squad is my family, my gun is my provider, and protector, and my rule is to kill or be killed."
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier


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Foundation headquarters

Via Ca' dei Lunghi, 50
47893, Borgo Maggiore
Republic of San Marino




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