Child Soldiers From Violence to Protection

ISBN-10: 0674032551

ISBN-13: 9780674032552

Edition: 2006

Authors: Michael Wessells

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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.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.30" wide x 9.13" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Michael Wessells is an experienced child protection practitioner with Christian Children's Fund and Professor at Columbia University and Randolph-Macon College.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Child Victims, Young Combatants
Entry into Armed Groups
Inside Armed Groups
Girl Soldiers
Health and HIV/AIDS
The Invisible Wounds of War
Putting Down the Gun
The Transition to Civilian Life
Community Reconciliation, Justice, and Protection
Prevention
References
Index
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