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Disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration of Rwandan child soldiers

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dc.contributor.advisor Liebenberg, J.C.R. (Mr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Ferreira, Rialize,1947- en Abatneh, Abraham Sewonet en 2009-08-25T10:52:36Z 2009-08-25T10:52:36Z 2009-08-25T10:52:36Z 2006-12-31 en
dc.identifier.citation Abatneh, Abraham Sewonet (2009) Disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration of Rwandan child soldiers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the situation of Rwandan youth ex-combatants in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Specifically, the study examines how and why young people become involved in conflicts as fighters, how the conflict impacts upon them, and how the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration programs set up by international aid agencies attempted to address the youth's special needs as they relate to reintegration in their home communities. By employing qualitative semi-structured interviews and group discussions with demobilized ex-combatant youth and other stakeholders in northern Rwanda, the study examines how the Western model and assumption of childhood and child soldiering has so far dictated the approaches of international aid agencies in response to the needs of young people in armed conflicts. The study challenges some of the assumptions and argues for a more representative and focussed approach that emphasizes on the socio-cultural context of the ex-combatants. The research shows how and why some youth voluntarily join armed groups. It also highlights the resilience of the youth in the midst of conflict and their ability to rebuild their lives. The findings of the research have some implications for the way the international aid agencies conceptualize and provide assistance to the young people affected by armed conflicts. It challenges the assumption held by the aid agencies regarding the exclusive emphases on victimization and trauma counselling, and refocuses on the need to rebuild the youth's resilience and coping strategies. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (136 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Youth ex-combatants en
dc.subject Childhood en
dc.subject Passive victims en
dc.subject Active participants en
dc.subject Reintegration en
dc.subject Community acceptance en
dc.subject Psychological counselling en
dc.subject Trauma en
dc.subject Western model en
dc.subject Resilliance en
dc.subject.ddc 305.230967571
dc.subject.lcsh Child soldiers -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh Child soldiers -- Counseling of -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh Child soldiers -- Rehabilitation -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh Children and war -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh War and society -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh Children's rights -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh Children and violence -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh Violence -- Rwanda -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Child psychology -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh War victims -- Rwanda
dc.subject.lcsh Children (International law)
dc.subject.lcsh Rwanda -- Civil War, 1994 -- Participation, Juvenile
dc.subject.lcsh Rwanda -- Civil War, 1994 -- Politics and government
dc.title Disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration of Rwandan child soldiers en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Sociology en MA (Sociology) en

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