Child Soldiers

Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front

by Myriam Denov

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  • 9780521872249
  • 9780511686474
  • 9780511739743
Tragically, violence and armed conflict have become commonplace in the lives of many children around the world. Not only have millions of children been forced to witness war and its atrocities, but many are drawn into conflict as active participants. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Sierra Leone during its 11-year civil war. Drawing upon in-depth interviews and focus groups with former child soldiers of Sierra Leone's rebel Revolutionary United Front, Myriam Denov compassionately examines how child soldiers are initiated into the complex world of violence and armed conflict. She also explores the ways in which the children leave this world of violence and the challenges they face when trying to renegotiate their lives and self-concepts in the aftermath of war. The narratives of the Sierra Leonean youth demonstrate that their life histories defy the narrow and limiting portrayals presented by the media and popular discourse.

  • Cambridge University Press; March 2010
  • ISBN: 9780511686474
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  • Title: Child Soldiers
  • Author: Myriam Denov
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521872249
  • 9780511686474
  • 9780511739743

In The Press

'A captivating description of the abhorrent use of children as weapons in adult wars … Myriam Denov sheds light onto the daily challenges faced by children on the battlefield. She has captured the complexities of the child soldier issue through the unbelievable stories of Sierra Leonean youth. After reading this book you will realise that inaction is no longer an option, we must act now to eradicate the use of child soldiers in the world!' Roméo Dallaire, retired Lieutenant-General and Project Leader of The Child Soldiers Initiative