Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

The issue of children's participation in armed political conflict has captured the attention of the world during the past ten or fifteen years. Images of boys carrying guns and ammunition flash across television screens and appear on the front pages of newspapers. Less often but equally disturbingly stories of girls pressed into the service of militias surface in the media. ...

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Chapter 1. Civil Wars in Mozambique and Angola

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pp. 7-25

This study draws on ethnographic research undertaken in Angola and Mozambique, two African nations that have experienced prolonged and bloody civil wars. Both countries are former Portuguese colonies that became independent in 1975 after long wars of national liberation. in both countries, the postcolonial government, led by nationalist movements that successfully ...

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Chapter 2. Historical and Social Contexts

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pp. 26-48

In recent decades, children and youth have featured centrally as both the targets and the perpetrators of violence. In nearly every war and civil conflict, children are among the principal victims. The situation has worsened in recent years because civil wars and conflicts without clearly defined state actors have grown more prominent, and children suffer more in these irregular conflicts. ...

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Chapter 3. Recruitment and Initiation

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pp. 49-74

At the age of ten, Marula1 was kidnapped by RENAMO insurgents during a rebel attack on his village in Gaza province, southern Mozambique. His father and his younger sister also were kidnapped along with other villagers. They walked for three days, carrying military equipment and items looted from the village, before reaching the RENAMO camp. ...

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Chapter 4. Young Women

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pp. 75-103

Anita, a twenty-three-year-old woman in Josina Machel Island in southern Mozambique, told me her war story, which began when she was fourteen: ...

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Chapter 5. Healing Child Soldiers and Their Communities

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pp. 104-134

Marcos was stationed in the RENAMO camp of Ngungw

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Chapter 6. Looking to the Future and Learning frorn the Past

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pp. 135-164

This final chapter examines the prospects for rehabilitation aid reintegration of young people affected by armed conflict and considers national and international policies that might prevent the involvement of children in postcolonial civil wars. What resources are available to facilitate their transition into "normal" life? What are the strengths and limitations ...

Notes

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pp. 165-188

Index

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pp. 189-200

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 201-202

I owe this book to the contributions of many people. First and foremost, I offer my deepest appreciation to all the children who agreed to share their experiences of war with me. Without them, this study would have never been possible, and their stories, similar to those of so many children across Africa whose lives have been touched by such extraordinary levels of physical and psychological violence, would remain untold. ...