Exclusion or Reintegration: Child Soldiers in Angola
Reintegration of former fighters in Angola following the end of conflict there in 2002 has occurred against a legal and normative backdrop of increased concern for children as a distinctive category of ex-combatants, or ‘vulnerable group’ in the lingo of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR).1 A burgeoning literature on child soldiers has also emphasized the special vulnerability, needs and rights of children.2 Angola’s DDR programmes designed and implemented over the last decade therefore provide a case study of whether the norms, conventions, rhetoric and programming of the child protection regime have benefited the reintegration of underage fighters.
KeywordsUnited Nations Security Council Child Soldier United Nations Security Council Humanitarian Affair
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