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Child Soldiers Resources

Articles
  • Protecting Children From War: What the New International Agreement Really Means. A Y&M Online news story. (March 2000)

  • Use of Children as Soldiers (Foreign Policy In Focus, November 1999) Provides an overview of the issue of child soldiers, documents problems with current US foreign policy and offers recommendations for the US to work toward ending the use of children as soldiers.

  • Child Soldiers: One of the Worst Abuses of Child Labour. London: Amnesty International, January 1999. This report presents child soldiers as an abuse of child labor, pointing to the particular hazards of soldiering. It also makes recommendations.

  • Wessells, Mike. Child Soldiers. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: November/December 1997: 32-39. A short but comprehensive article on many issues surrounding child soldiers, including forced recruitment, healing, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Books

  • In the Firing Line: War and Children's Rights. London: Amnesty International United Kingdom, 1999. This book shows how the rights of children are routinely violated throughout the world. It focuses on how wars throughout the world impact children, including a chapter on child soldiers.

  • Brett, Rachel and Margaret McCallin. Children: The Invisible Soldiers. Växjö, Sweden: Rädda Barnen (Swedish Save the Children), 1996. Based on case studies from 26 countries, this unique study looks at the global picture, recruitment, treatment of child soldiers, rehabilitation and reintegration, legal standards, and recommendations.

  • Garbarino, James, Nancy Dubrow, Kathleen Kostelny, and Carole Pardo. Children in Danger. San Francisco: Jossey-Boss Publishers, 1992. This book examines the threat to childhood development posed by living amid chronic community violence.

  • Levy, Barry S. and Victor W. Sidel, eds. War and Public Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Comprehensive examination of the relationship between war and public health. Looks at the effects of war on health, human rights, and the environment with chapters on especially vulnerable populations, such as women, children, and refugees.

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