Publication Date

2011

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Government

Keywords

Child soldiers-Rehabilitation-Uganda, Women and the military-Uganda, Women and war-Uganda, Women in combat-Uganda, Women prisoners of war-Uganda, Girls-Psychology, Lords' Resistance Army-Demobilization, Kony, Joseph, Uganda-History-1979-, Gender, Reintegration, Rehabilitation, Demobilization, Uganda

Abstract

This paper focuses on the reintegration of girl soldiers in northern Uganda as they return to their communities after captivity in the rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army. These girls are faced with multiple challenges during their return, including social taboos and misconceptions; the effects of physical, sexual, and psychological trauma; young motherhood; and socio-economic disenfranchisement. This thesis aims to shed light 1) on the complexities of the aforementioned issues and 2) on ways that the reintegration efforts in northern Uganda require greater capacity and sensitivity in dealing with the complexities of the girl soldier's needs for healing and rehabilitation.

Language

English

Comments

98 p. Honors project-Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 93-98)

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