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Title:Comparative perspectives on the rehabilitation of ex-slaves and former child soldiers with special reference to Sudan
Author:Fegley, RandallISNI
Periodical:African Studies Quarterly (ISSN 1093-2658)
Geographic terms:Sudan
South Sudan
child soldiers
External link:http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Fegley-Vol10Issue1.pdf
Abstract:Despite the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, reconstruction of southern Sudan remains a daunting task, which limited resources and unlimited suspicions may derail or delay. Among myriad issues facing agencies and their client communities are the problems of assisting children traumatized by the brutal legacies of Sudan's first half century of independence. Given the length of Sudan's conflicts, few have experienced a 'normal' childhood. Furthermore, the psychological and social aspects of rehabilitation have only been examined recently. This article tabulates the successes and failures of governmental and non-governmental programmes rehabilitating former slaves, many of whom were or are children, and child soldiers, many of whom are now adults. It compares activities in Sudan to programmes in other parts of Africa (Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Uganda) and beyond (Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates). Applying these comparisons in the absence of long-term assessments, the author endeavours to determine pitfalls to be avoided and best practices to be followed. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]