Child soldiers, or more appropriately ‘Children associated with armed forces and other armed groups’ (CAAFAG) get more and more attention in the literature. Of the approx. 300.000 children associated with armed forces , one third are located in Africa .
With the growing experience of working with girls formerly associated with armed forces, the question arises if the differences in experience between girl and boy child soldiers are also reflected in different needs and approaches towards reintegration? Are some interventions, such as the community based, participatory action research (PAR) (McKay et. al 2011) and traditional cleansing ceremonies (Stark 2006) more appropriate for girls than for boys?
See the folder resources for the whole discussion.