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Politics, War, and Youth Culture in Sierra Leone: An Alternative Interpretation
African Security Review (2002)
  • Angela McIntyre
  • Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
  • Prosper Nii Nortey Addo
Understanding the nature of armed conflict in Africa requires more than a political and military analysis of forms of warfare such as the employment of children as fighters. Children are seldom only instruments for other causes but can actively support their own agenda through the choices they make. Problems of governance, resource use and social organisation also need to be considered. There are often no clear lines between civilians and militaries and a simplistic ‘oppressor vs victim’ dichotomy is of limited use. The political character of youths can be better understood by considering the factors that shape their consciousness, as well as the predisposition of the society to care for them. Society has failed to offer youth protection from the adult consequences of immediate involvement in economy and politics. This has been a dynamic process rather than a static set of political and economic circumstances favourable to the outbreak of revolution.
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Angela McIntyre, Emmanuel Kwesi Aning and Prosper Nii Nortey Addo. "Politics, War, and Youth Culture in Sierra Leone: An Alternative Interpretation" African Security Review Vol. 11 Iss. 3 (2002)
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