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Reconceptualising Child Protection Interventions In Situations Of Chronic Conflict: North Kivu, DRC

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This chapter takes as its frame of reference child protection interventions in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), specifically as they relate to the recruitment and demobilisation of children associated with armed groups. The aim is to highlight some of the ways in which theoretical insights emerging from anthropological and psychological studies of children and war might positively contribute to improving the effectiveness of the current international child protection regime. The chapter emphasises the importance of taking an interdisciplinary approach to understanding children's war experiences. It examines how the quantitatively-backed psychological theory of resilience may be linked with qualitative anthropological themes such as identity and meaning. The chapter overviews the child recruitment phenomenon in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the mobilisation of children by multiple armed groups has occured in all iterations of the war.

Keywords: international child protection regime; North Kivu



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