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Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers: Women's Lives Through War and Peace in Sierra Leone
During the war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002), members of various rebel movements kidnapped thousands of girls and women, some of whom came to take an active part in the armed conflict alongside the rebels. In a stunning look at the life of women in wartime, Chris Coulter draws on interviews with more than a hundred women to bring us inside the rebel camps in Sierra Leone.
Paperback, 289 pages
Published August 13th 2009 by Cornell University Press
(first published 2009)
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Coulter's sensitive and thorough interviews of survivors of the Sierra Leone Civil War bring to light not just the role of women and girls as victims, but as active perpetrators of mayhem, looting, murder and torture, and the subsequent failure of DDR programs to reckon with their re-integration into some kind of post-war society. Under the UN's gender-blind plans, it matters a lot to find out that women with FGM were giving birth in the bush without the traditional midwives to explain or help t ...more