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Westwood College student Daniel Deaville is in top ten of Amnesty Award

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Daniel Deaville.

Daniel Deaville.

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A Leek student has been short-listed for Amnesty International's Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year award.

Daniel Deaville, pictured, from Leek, is one of the final 10 who are in the running for the award.

The entries will be judged by a panel of editors, authors and industry professionals including award winning authors Christie Watson and Sita Brahmachari.

This year, more than 7,000 young people took part in Amnesty's Youth Awards, from all four corners of the UK.

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Daniel, aged 17, wrote about child soldiers in Syria. He was inspired to write about this issue after some investigation and research.

Daniel, who attends Westwood College, said: "I am thrilled. I worked very hard on my article and tried my best to capture what was going on involving child soldiers in Syria and putting that across to whoever reads it. I really hope people will take something away with them from what I wrote. I found out about the atrocities of child soldiers and their exploitation in the Syrian conflict. My personal connection to the children of Syria is from a humanitarian viewpoint, in that we must all take responsibility for the suffering of the unfortunate and needy in the world today."

Daniel's mother, Amanda, said: "We are very happy to see that Daniel's article has been short-listed, as the Syrian conflict is such a relevant issue for everyone and we are proud that he has got this far."

Amnesty's human rights education specialist, Jane Houston, was involved in the short-listing process. She said of Daniel's article: "It combines facts and emotive detail to culminate in a rallying cry for action."

Westwood College English teacher, Elora Chakma said: "Daniel wrote with such conviction."

The top three in each category of the awards will be unveiled on on Friday, April 18. They will then be invited to an awards ceremony, at Amnesty International UK's headquarters on April 30, where the winner will be announced.

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