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Child Soldiers in Africa
     

Child Soldiers in Africa

by Alcinda Honwana
 

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ISBN-10: 0812219872

ISBN-13: 9780812219876

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Young people have been at the forefront of political conflict in many parts of the world, even when it has turned violent. In some of those situations, for a variety of reasons, including coercion, poverty, or the seductive nature of violence, children become killers before they are able to grasp the fundamentals of morality. It has been only in the past ten years

Overview

Young people have been at the forefront of political conflict in many parts of the world, even when it has turned violent. In some of those situations, for a variety of reasons, including coercion, poverty, or the seductive nature of violence, children become killers before they are able to grasp the fundamentals of morality. It has been only in the past ten years that this component of warfare has captured the attention of the world. Images of boys carrying guns and ammunition are now commonplace as they flash across television screens and appear on the front pages of newspapers. Less often, but equally disturbingly, stories of girls pressed into the service of militias surface in the media.

A major concern today is how to reverse the damage done to the thousands of children who have become not only victims but also agents of wartime atrocities. In Child Soldiers in Africa, Alcinda Honwana draws on her firsthand experience with children of Angola and Mozambique, as well as her study of the phenomenon for the United Nations and the Social Science Research Council, to shed light on how children are recruited, what they encounter, and how they come to terms with what they have done.

About the Author:
Alcinda Honwana is Professor and Chair in International Development, The Open University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812219876
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
The Ethnography of Political Violence
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,298,260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Civil Wars in Mozambique and Angola     7
Historical and Social Contexts     26
Recruitment and Initiation     49
Young Women     75
Healing Child Soldiers and Their Communities     104
Looking to the Future and Learning from the Past     135
Notes     165
Index     189
Acknowledgments     201

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