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From Youth Rebellion to Child Abduction: The Anatomy of Recruitment in Sierra Leone
Invisible Stakeholders: The Impact of Children on War (2004)
  • Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
  • Angela McIntyre
Abstract
Using a case study of Sierra Leone, this chapter aims to bring attention to the importance of youth as a constituency with a substantial stake in national and regional stability in Africa. We have attempted this by first giving a background to the conflict, followed by a discussion of the nature of youth recruitment and participation in the conflict, followed by a look at some influential perspectives on the issue of child and youth participation in violence, and the influences they have had on policy making. We conclude with the idea that youth are of central concern to both national and regional stability in West Africa and suggest that, to make this important constituency visible to national and regional policymakers, researchers and conflict analysts, there should be better informed and more varied discourse on children and youth.
Keywords
  • child soldiers,
  • west africa,
  • sierra leone,
  • conflict
Publication Date
April, 2004
Editor
Angela McIntyre
Publisher
Institute for Security Studies
Citation Information
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning and Angela McIntyre. "From Youth Rebellion to Child Abduction: The Anatomy of Recruitment in Sierra Leone" Pretoria, South AfricaInvisible Stakeholders: The Impact of Children on War (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kwesi_aning/18/