The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution pledging to protect children from the effects of war. The resolution aims to free the estimated 300,000 children aged from seven to 18 who serve as soldiers, geurillas, suicide commandos, porters, cooks and sex slaves in wars in Africa, Asia and South America.

Members were told that hundreds of thousands of children are known to be fighting in wars around the world. Two million children have been reported killed in the last decade alone. The UN Special Representative Olara Otunnu said many children had been subjected to unspeakable treatment.