The Effects of Intrastate War and Reintegration on Liberian Child Soldiers: Part II

Authors

  • Rialize Ferreira University of South Africa
  • Alfred Mutiti University of South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/1727-7140/3778

Keywords:

legal frameworks, child protection, social reintegration processes, community reconciliation

Abstract

The main focus of this article is on the effects of intrastate war and the reintegration of Liberian child soldiers into their families and former communities. In this context, legal frameworks for the protection of children, types of recruitment (forced, persuasive, and “voluntaryâ€), reasons for recruitment, and the need for personal protection are dealt with. Also discussed are disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration processes, roles of communities, provision of psycho-social support and care to reintegrated child soldiers, the physical, social and emotional effects they experience, their reintegration into communities, social networks, the disengagement of children from former commanders, and the skills training options provided to these children. In this empirical, qualitative study, primary data was obtained from focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews, and secondary data was obtained from documentary sources. Some of the primary data substantiated the secondary data, confirming the finding that war caused profound damage and heartache but that it also helped children to become resilient. The study found that the brutal effects of war, culminating in the reintegration of child soldiers into communities, manifested themselves over many years.

Author Biographies

Rialize Ferreira, University of South Africa

Department of Sociology

Alfred Mutiti, University of South Africa

Department of Sociology

Published

2018-04-23

How to Cite

Ferreira, Rialize, and Alfred Mutiti. 2018. “The Effects of Intrastate War and Reintegration on Liberian Child Soldiers: Part II”. Commonwealth Youth and Development 15 (2):31 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/1727-7140/3778.

Issue

Section

Articles
Received 2018-01-22
Accepted 2018-01-22
Published 2018-04-23