n Institute for Security Studies Monographs - Re-examining voluntarism. Youth combatants in Sierra Leone

Volume 2004, Issue 100
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Extracted from text ... Intra-state conflicts - the majority of contemporary conflicts in Africa - are generally characterised by multiple cease-fires and peace-accords, only to be followed by new rounds of fighting. Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (henceforth DDR) programmes that deal with under-age combatants are likely to begin before a peace-deal has been reached, 1 or to take place while pockets of fighters still remain under arms, leaving the door open to reconscription. Youth combatants2 bring up multiple reasons why they join, stay with, and sometimes rejoin, armed factions. To determine and understand the reasons stated and their consequences is an important step towards ..

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