Child Soldiers: The Pursuit of Peace and Justice for Child Combatants

Authored by: Susan Hitchcock Perry

The Ashgate Research Companion to War

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754678267
eBook ISBN: 9781315613741
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041115

10.4324/9781315613741.ch20

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Abstract

The pivotal role played by children in war is both ancient and complex. Children have served as armed combatants and in supporting roles as spies, porters and sex slaves since the beginning of organized conflict. In most instances, children are the victims of war, losing their formative years to a maelstrom of violence and destruction. But in an important minority of cases, both male and female children benefit from the upending of traditional hierarchies and the opportunity to lead their comrades or contribute to what is perceived as a just struggle for the survival of their communities.

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