Research Handbook on Child Soldiers
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Research Handbook on Child Soldiers

Edited by Mark A. Drumbl and Jastine C. Barrett

Child soldiers remain poorly understood and inadequately protected, despite significant media attention and many policy initiatives. This Research Handbook aims to redress this troubling gap. It offers a reflective, fresh and nuanced review of the complex issue of child soldiering. The Handbook brings together scholars from six continents, diverse experiences, and a broad range of disciplines. Along the way, it unpacks the life-cycle of youth and militarization: from recruitment to demobilization to return to civilian life. The overarching aim of the Handbook is to render the invisible visible – the contributions map the unmapped and chart new directions. Challenging prevailing assumptions and conceptions, the Research Handbook on Child Soldiers focuses on adversity but also capacity: emphasising the resilience, humanity, and potentiality of children affected (rather than ‘afflicted’) by armed conflict.
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Chapter 20: Child agency and resistance to discourses within the Paris Principles in rehabilitation and reintegration processes of former child soldiers in northern Uganda

Grace Akello


Drawing from a one-year ethnographic study, this chapter shows how rehabilitation and reintegration processes of former child soldiers in northern Uganda have been influenced by the Paris Principles. Within this legal framework, returnee children were presented as innocent traumatized victims. The chapter argues that the circumstances in which the Lord’s Resistance Army forcibly recruited and conscripted abducted children to take part in armed rebellion significantly affected their behaviour. Applying the Paris Principles in the rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers proved to be problematic since Acholi people did not readily accept the notions of former child soldiers’ innocence, passivity, implied impunity and traumatization. This led to the rejection and stigmatization of returnees, which, in turn, imperilled reintegration processes. The chapter urges that the Paris Principles be re-scripted to acknowledge children’s agency and victimhood and also to consider the community’s need for justice after war.

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