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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


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.




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