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Title: The 'invisible' girls of Sierra Leone
Author: Warrener, Lyn
ISNI:       0000 0004 7229 9419
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2014
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Over the past decade, child soldiers have inundated the media. Images of boys armed with AK-47s appear ever-present, providing a cautionary story of innocent childhood gone awry (Rosen, 2005). As these representations turn commonly held assumptions of a protected and innocent childhood on its head, what they conceal is as challenging as what they reveal. These media images tell us little about the children behind the guns or the complexity of their wartime and post-war experiences. I was concerned with girl soldiers in Sierra Leone as an unexplored group of ‘war affected’ citizens. I quickly discovered that this was a growing and global phenomenon, one that few analysts and policy makers were aware of. Little was understood of the issue of girl soldiers, not only where, why, and how the practice of using girls in war came about, but also what it means for girls and, most importantly, what to do about it. in the aftermath of conflict, there is often the expectation that people’s lives will improve. Girl soldiers’ post-conflict reality in Sierra Leone was somewhat different. In a rapid time span countless girls unlike boys’ were confronted with the reality of establishing new identities that depended not on the rebel forces, but on factors such as access to family and community support — factors that were lacking for girl soldiers at war’s end.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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