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Child Soldiers is “groundbreaking”

PsycCRITIQUES, the APA Review of Books, recently examined Child Soldiers in Africa by Alcinda Honwana. The reviewers praised Honwana for contributing to social research on Lusophone African nations, such as Angola and her native Mozambique.
They called her work groundbreaking for its emphasis on the agency of child soldiers, the diversity of their experiences, and the exploitation of girls and young women during war.

The review compares Honwana’s work to that of Edwidge Dandicat’s Krik? Krak! and Philip Gourevitch’s We Wish to Inform
You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our
Families: Stories From Rwanda.

What Honwana eloquently reminds us in Child Soldiers is that there are millions of children around the globe whose lives have been hijacked to serve the egotistical purposes of adults too caught up in their own self-centered agendas to care what happens to future generations.

The complete review is in Volume 51, Issue 45 of PsycCRITIQUES. The paperback edition of Child Soldiers in Africa will be released in early 2007.