Child Soldiers.

Edited by Leora Kahn. Introduction by Luis Moreno Ocampo.
Powerhouse Books, New York, 2008. 120 pp., 65 four-color and black & white illustrations., 12x9½".

Publisher's Description
Photographs by Lynsey Addario, Martin Adler, Colin Finlay, Riccardo Gangale, Jan Grarup, Cedric Gerbehaye, Tim Hetherington, Roger Lemoyne, Q. Sakamaki, and Ami Vitale Essays by Jo Becker, Jimmie Briggs, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Dick Durbin, Emmanuel Jal, and Michael Wessels

Up to half a million children have been engaged in more than 85 conflicts worldwide. As armed conflict proliferates, increasing numbers of children are exposed to the brutalities of war. Boys and girls around the world are recruited to be child soldiers by armed forces and militant groups, either forcibly or voluntarily. Some are tricked into service by manipulative recruiters, others join in order to escape poverty or discrimination, while still others are outright abducted at school, on the streets, and at home. Aside from participating in combat, many are used for sexual purposes, made to lay and clear land mines, or employed as spies, messengers, porters, or servants. Kids have become the ultimate weapons of twenty-first-century war.

Child Soldiers focuses on countries with a history of child warfare, as captured by photographers and writers from across the globe. The book explores the children’s time as combatants, as well as their demobilization and rehabilitation. Included are Tim Hetherington’s photographs from Liberia; Roger Lemoyne and Cedric Gerbehaye’s work from the Congo; Ami Vitale’s series on child Maoist recruits in Nepal; and other work from Burma, Columbia, the Central African Republic, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Palestine.

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