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A Lost Generation: Young People and Conflict in Africa

conflict particularly the participation of children, the lack of participation of young people in peace agreements and concludes with a question on why the interest on youth and conflict in Africa.

Chapter seven contextualises sexual violence in conflict situations and underscores the question of sexuality. It discusses the identity of perpetrators and sexuality in Africa. Chapter eight categorically names the crimes that have been committed against young people, evaluates the legal protection of young people in conflict, identifies gaps in the law, and concludes with an appeal for a broad based approach that entails legal and non-legal measures to address violations of young people’s rights in situations of war.

Conclusion and lessons for advocacy

The concluding chapter of the book revisits and examines the four research hypotheses referred to above and assesses the extent to which they have been borne out by the research results. The chapter ends with overall conclusions on the participation and protection of young people in conflict, addressing young people’s vulnerabilities and the consequences of conflict, and it offers lessons for practice and advocacy.

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