Liberia's Women Veterans: War, Roles and Reintegration

TitleLiberia's Women Veterans: War, Roles and Reintegration
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsVastapuu, Leena
Number of Pages214
PublisherZed Books
CityLondon
Abstract

The Liberian civil wars of the 1990s and 2000s became notorious for their atrocities, and for the widespread use of child soldiers. Girls and young women accounted for up to 40 per cent of these soldiers, but their unique perspective and experiences have largely been excluded from accounts of the conflict. Leena Vastapuu uses an innovative auto-photographic methodology to tell the story of two of Africa's most brutal civil wars through the eyes of 133 female former soldiers. Incorporating their testimonies alongside a series of vivid illustrations by Emmi Nieminen, the book provides an in-depth account of these women's experiences of trauma, stigma, and the challenges of reintegration into post-war society, as well as their hopes and aspirations for the future. Vastapuu argues that these women, who have too often been perceived merely as passive victims of the conflict, can in fact play an important role in post-war reconciliation and peace-building. 

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