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Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection
     

Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection

by Michael Wessells
 

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ISBN-10: 0674032551

ISBN-13: 9780674032552

Pub. Date: 03/30/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Compelling and humane, this book reveals the lives of the 300,000 child soldiers around the world, challenging stereotypes of them as predators or a lost generation. Kidnapped or lured by the promise of food, protection, revenge, or a better life, children serve not only as combatants but as porters, spies, human land mine detectors, and sexual slaves. Nearly

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Compelling and humane, this book reveals the lives of the 300,000 child soldiers around the world, challenging stereotypes of them as predators or a lost generation. Kidnapped or lured by the promise of food, protection, revenge, or a better life, children serve not only as combatants but as porters, spies, human land mine detectors, and sexual slaves. Nearly one-third are girls, and Michael Wessells movingly reveals the particular dangers they face from pregnancy, childbirth complications, and the rejection they and their babies encounter in their local contexts.

Based mainly on participatory research and interviews with hundreds of former child soldiers worldwide, Wessells allows these ex-soldiers to speak for themselves and reveal the enormous complexity of their experiences and situations. The author argues that despite the social, moral, and psychological wounds of war, a surprising number of former child soldiers enter civilian life, and he describes the healing, livelihood, education, reconciliation, family integration, protection, and cultural supports that make it possible. A passionate call for action, Child Soldiers pushes readers to go beyond the horror stories to develop local and global strategies to stop this theft of childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674032552
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations

  1. Child Victims, Young Combatants
  2. Entry into Armed Groups
  3. Inside Armed Groups
  4. Girl Soldiers
  5. Health and HIV/AIDS
  6. The Invisible Wounds of War
  7. Putting Down the Gun
  8. The Transition to Civilian Life
  9. Community Reconciliation, Justice, and Protection
  10. Prevention

  • References
  • Index

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