The book examines the needs, limitations and possible best-practices for the successful reintegration of former child soldiers in post-conflict contexts. Informed by years of field research in northern Uganda, the author explores the struggle for reintegration into communities that were victims of violence perpetrated by child participants in conflict and considers a wide range of conflicts globally. The work examines and offers suggestions for how transitional justice practices should conceptualize and address the involvement of child soldiers in violent collective harm while taking into account the interests of the victims and the needs of post-conflict communities.
This multi-disciplinary publication appeals to a wide range of scholars and practitioners from diverse fields such as Law and Human Rights, International Relations, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Development and African Studies.
Praise for the book:
“Thoughtful, enlightening and thought-provoking. This is a must read for anthropologists, psychosocial workers and persons interested in child mental health and criminal law.” – Grace Akello, Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University, Uganda
“Fisher introduces fresh insight and more creative options to important moral and practical challenges. Her candid approach transcends the simple moral calculus and impractical policy conventions through a well informed and practically guided engagement that speaks to proponents of children’s rights, justice advocates and peace practitioners.” – Hugo van der Merwe, Director of Research, Transitional Justice Programme, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa