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This book is a product of a research project called ‘voices of youth’ carried out in Angola, Burundi, and Uganda. The purpose of the research and the book is to provide a channel through which the voices of youth could be heard, both within their own countries and further afield, and in doing so to contribute to improved policy and practice, both locally, nationally and internationally.This book departs from existing literature which is written about young people, rather than by them. The chapters in this volume highlights and challenges the increasing social injustices that births and breeds conflicts in Africa and especially the unethical use and abuse of children in war and post-war situations. The case studies from Burundi and Uganda focuses on the particular experiences of girls and young women who have experienced war – and its aftermath - in very particular ways which are rarely acknowledge or documented. The words of these young people are heartbreaking and are recorded verbatim in five selected case studies from Burundi and Uganda. It will touch the hearts of cynics and that of every peace loving person and it will challenge the very core of modern day civilization which for a long time turned a blind eye to the question of impunity for sexual violence and the extreme violation of children’s rights associated with armed conflicts. This book did not only investigate the lives and stories of abducted children but also that of children and young people who have stayed at home or in camps and whose lives have still been blighted in myriad other ways by armed conflict and its consequences. The book attempts to answer these questions: How have young people in Africa experienced war? How have they contributed to it, and how have they resisted it? How has war impacted upon young people? How are they treated by the adults and why? Once war is over, how do their experiences shape their current lives and future prospects? This volume is therefore intended to be of use to anyone concerned with young people in war-affected situations, at advocacy, policy and practitioner levels.

The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) is an Africa-led international alliance working for social justice and development in Africa. For the last three decades ACORD has been working in some of Africa’s poorest, most crisis prone and marginalised areas.The organisation was initially created as a consortium of European and Canadian NGOs to respond to the drought in the Sahel in the 1970s. ACORD has moved from addressing the consequences of poverty and exclusion, to unpacking and challenging the more fundamental issues of social justice. From having 45 disparate projects, the organisation today has 12 area programmes in 17 countries, focusing in the thematic areas of livelihoods, conflict, HIV and AIDS, and gender.

Defence for Children International – Canada (DCI) is the Canadian section of the Geneva-based Defence for Children International. DCI Canada is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of children and youth worldwide, and to fostering adherence to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. DCI- Canada has been working with African partners to support the needs and rights of young people affected by armed conflict through its Children/Youth as Peacebuilders (CAP) and Restoring Peace Projects for the past six years. The organization is committed to programs and projects that are youth-led, rather than simply youth-oriented.

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