Chapter 11: Children born of conflict-related sexual violence within armed groups: a case study of northern Uganda
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While children have been implicated in armed conflict for centuries – whether as participants, witnesses and/or victims – the conceptualization of who constitutes a ‘child soldier’ has evolved and shifted over the decades. This chapter examines and considers the experiences of children who were born – and in some cases raised – within the context of an armed group. Drawing upon the direct voices of children born in Lord’s Resistance Army captivity in northern Uganda, the chapter explores children’s perspectives on home, family, identity, belonging and post-war reintegration. The chapter concludes with a discussion of programmatic recommendations, as suggested by the children themselves, as well as the implications of this study’s findings for policy with regard to children born of war and our understanding of child soldier reintegration more generally.

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