ERIC Number: ED419604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Children's War: Towards Peace in Sierra Leone. A Field Report Assessing the Protection and Assistance Needs of Sierra Leonean Children and Adolescents.
Based on a 3-week field visit to Sierra Leone and Guinea, this report investigates why children (ages 0-17) have become key figures in Sierra Leone's civil war, and explores the problems that war has caused them. The report describes significant new effects of violence on three groups of Sierra Leonean children, very few of whom have received any humanitarian assistance thus far: (1) those who have spent prolonged periods in forest "bush camps"; (2) unaccompanied adolescent girls who have been claimed by a variety of captors; and (3) young boys working in mining camps. The report also reviews two sets of problems besetting children in Sierra Leonean refugee camps in Guinea: (1) difficulties arising from the high ratio of females to males in the camps; and (2) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) role as the central agency for the protection and support of refugees. The report notes that the Women's Commission advocates investing in Sierra Leone's future by directing education, skills training, and small credit programming at the majority of Sierra Leone's citizens--its youth. The report also discusses several other Commission recommendations. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Sierra Leone