Terrified and Terrifying - Nobel Peace Center

Nobel Peace Center


  1. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Nobel Peace Center
  2. Photo: "My Soldier Husband" Acen Paska.
  3. Photo: "Your Gun: Always With You" Ocen Charles.
  4. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Nobel Peace Center
  5. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Nobel Peace Center
  6. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Nobel Peace Center
  7. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / Nobel Peace Center

Terrified and Terrifying

08 Sept 2006–03 Dec 2006

Terrified and Terrifying told the stories of  the world’s longest hostage drama – the use of children as soldiers.

The exhibition included stories of child soldiers from Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Cambodia, Congo, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.

The audience could see photographs and films about child soldiers, as well as drawings and paintings made by children who have been child soldiers. Photographer Marcus Bleasdale’s images and the children’s artworks are hard-hitting symbols of the traumas the children still carry with them.

This is the picture of the man who was my husband.
It is the face of death.
My Soldier Husband. Acen Paska.

Unicef estimates that there are more than 300.000 child soldiers ruthlessly being used in armed conflicts to fight adult wars. Children as young as eight years are made to fight violent battles. Young girls are abducted and forced into sexual acts. Many are forced to kill family members as a test of loyalty to the army.

At the Nobel Peace Center we experience children’s strong desire for peace on a daily basis. And we also see that children are exploited in wars in many parts of the world. With this exhibition, Terrified and Terrifying, we wish to bring the story of child soldiers into the spotlight and focus on what is also known as the world’s worst hostage drama.

In collaboration with the Films from the South Festival, we will be screening the emotive documentary Invisible Children, a film about a meeting between American youth and ex-child soldiers in Uganda. This meeting, and the resulting film, inspired an awareness of their plight and a mass movement that continue to spread with increasing intensity throughout the world.

Photos by Marcus Bleasdale; MAGNUM Photos: Abbas, Bruno Barbey, Peter Marlow, Steve McCurry, Larry Towell; Scanpix: Luis Acosta, Abed Omar Qusini, Steve Sanford.

The exhibition has been organized in cooperation with Children/Youth as Peacebuilders, PRIO, Save the children and the Norwegian Refugee Council. The exhibition is supported by the Canadian Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.