By Chris Coulter

ISBN-10: 0801447828

ISBN-13: 9780801447822

ISBN-10: 0801475120

ISBN-13: 9780801475122

During the conflict in Sierra Leone (1991–2002), individuals of varied insurgent hobbies abducted millions of ladies and girls, a few of whom got here to take an lively half within the armed clash along the rebels. In a gorgeous examine the lifetime of ladies in wartime, Chris Coulter attracts on interviews with greater than 100 girls to deliver us contained in the insurgent camps in Sierra Leone.

When those women and girls again to their domestic villages after the cessation of hostilities, their households and friends seen them with skepticism and worry, whereas humanitarian agencies observed them essentially as sufferers. Neither view was once really important in assisting them resume general lives after the warfare. providing classes for policymakers, practitioners, and activists, Coulter indicates how winning notions of gender, either in domestic groups and between NGO staff, led, for example, to ladies who had taken half in armed clash being bypassed within the demilitarization and demobilization techniques conducted through the overseas neighborhood within the wake of the struggle. a lot of those ladies chanced on it super tough to come back to their households, and, with out institutional aid, a few have been compelled to show to prostitution to eke out a living.

Coulter weaves numerous subject matters in the course of the paintings, together with the character of gender roles in warfare, livelihood strategies in warfare and peace, and the way conflict and postwar reviews impact social and kinship relations.

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