Chapter 8: The voiceless child soldiers of Afghanistan
Restricted access

This chapter addresses the agency of children associated with armed forces and armed groups in Afghanistan. Although globally there may be a continuum of volunteerism upon which the child soldier experience may be mapped, Afghanistan presents as a point on the far end of that continuum. In Afghanistan, children do not enrol to fight with armed non-state actors (Taleban, ISIS or militias) or the armed forces. This choice is usually made for them by the family or the community. In a context that has witnessed a surge in recruitment, male Afghan children have been kidnapped, sold, exchanged for protection and coerced to join for a salary. Once recruited, these children endure exposure to violence, drugs and sexual abuses. Death or migration are among the most realistic ‘exit’ patterns, so to speak. The chapter unpacks how to understand and approach child soldiers struggling within highly coercive socio-political contexts.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Other access options

Redeem Token

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institutional Access

Personal login

Log in with your Elgar Online account

Login with you Elgar account
Handbook