San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Campaign Says Toy Guns Are No Child’s Play

They seemed content to exchange their weapons for cars.

No, it was not some bizarre anecdote from a U.N. disarmament project.

These were Costa Rican children exchanging toy guns and other children’s gifts seen as promoting violence for more playful, peaceful Christmas gifts, such as cars, soccer balls or dolls.

The exchange was part of a campaign called “Peace, a Treasure for Humanity,” started last week at the NationalHospital in San José, the daily Diario Extra reported.


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