Gender Relations Between Child Soldiers in Africa
Burdick, Andrea C.
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This paper examines the subject of female child soldiers in Africa and shows that gender inequality, regardless of whether it is prevalent within or outside the bush, has tremendous weight in the life of a female child soldier. What these children experience is the violation of their most basic human rights. These violations have continued without much interference from organizations that claim to uphold human rights to the highest degree. The subject of child soldiers has been oversimplified by media and lacks a call for a more inclusive, developed international and national involvement in the reintegration process for ex-combatants. Taking all of these points, this paper will focus on the roles on children in war with particular reference to the Civil War in Sierra Leone and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. Other cases may be referred to to give discussion more depth. While focusing on child soldiers, female soldiers will be given a great amount of attention because they encompass every role a child can have and they consistently exhibit the most difficulty in terms of reintegration to post-war society because of their lives in the bush. This introduction with start with some background information on war in Africa to give an idea of the circumstances wherein these children fight and the role that they play in the evolution of war.