Jamie Theakston might be best known as an actor and television
presenter, but he is also a keen supporter of Oxfam. In 2003 he
took a break to travel to Uganda in East Africa to meet with former
This trip was part of the Control
Arms campaign which Oxfam hopes will put tighter
controls on weapons trading to make sure they don't get into the
hands of the wrong people.
In Uganda Jamie met children as young as 11 who had been forced
to fight as soldiers in a civil war in the country. If we can
make sure that the arms trade is better controlled, adult rebels
would be less able to give these children guns.
"We need to start looking at our own arms trade"
Jamie said. "How can we guarantee that the
arms and ammunition we sell will not end up in the hands of a
12-year old in Uganda or Sudan?"
Jamie's diary on the main Oxfam website
The stars who support Oxfam