Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers: Women's Lives through War and by Chris Coulter

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By Chris Coulter

During the conflict in Sierra Leone (1991–2002), participants of varied insurgent hobbies abducted hundreds of thousands of ladies and ladies, a few of whom got here to take an lively half within the armed clash along the rebels. In a beautiful examine the lifetime of ladies in wartime, Chris Coulter attracts on interviews with greater than 100 ladies to deliver us contained in the insurgent camps in Sierra Leone.

When those women and girls again to their domestic villages after the cessation of hostilities, their households and friends considered them with skepticism and worry, whereas humanitarian organisations observed them essentially as sufferers. Neither view used to be really precious in assisting them resume common lives after the conflict. providing classes for policymakers, practitioners, and activists, Coulter indicates how triumphing notions of gender, either in domestic groups and between NGO employees, led, for example, to girls who had taken half in armed clash being bypassed within the demilitarization and demobilization methods performed through the foreign group within the wake of the battle. a lot of those girls came upon it tremendous tricky to come back to their households, and, with no institutional help, a few have been compelled to show to prostitution to eke out a living.

Coulter weaves a number of topics in the course of the paintings, together with the character of gender roles in struggle, livelihood concepts in warfare and peace, and the way warfare and postwar reviews impact social and kinship relations.

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