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Title:Lost innocence, shattered dreams: child rights and the plight of child soldiers in northern Uganda
Author:Tabaro, EdgarISNI
Periodical:Journal of African and international law
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:child soldiers
children's rights
Abstract:Northern Uganda, and Acholiland in particular, has been the scene of a bloody and protracted rebellion since 1986. The Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebellion has been characterized by wanton and indiscriminate killing and abduction of children for military service and sex slavery. These children are subjected to the most brutal methods imaginable to convert them into soldiers and slave labourers for the LRA. This paper examines the reasons for the recruitment/use of children in armed conflict; the psycho-social impact of the war on children; sociocultural factors shaping the recruitment of child soldiers; factors related to myth, witchcraft and metaphysics influencing the recruitment of children; the position of children in the Geneva Conventions, humanitarian law and international child human rights law. The paper attributes the failure of international law and the international community in providing protection to children largely to the vague international law regime and the absence of political will among State actors. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]