The findings from this ongoing study indicate that the participants experienced

The findings from this ongoing study indicate that

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The findings from this ongoing study indicate that the participants experienced challenges and various levels of reintegration.The findings further indicate that rehabilitation and 9
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reintegration for female abductees present unique challenges because of various forms of prejudice, stigmatisation and discrimination by their communities. Their situation is further exacerbated by lack of education and training opportunities for gainful employment as well as issues surrounding their access to land and land ownership in patriarchal societies. The findings are encouraging because they indicate that many of these young women show remarkable resilience in facing prejudice and there are various processes that can be adopted in easing their rehabilitation and integration into these communities. These processes involve both traditional community practices and activities together with counselling and support services which can be facilitated by a range of targeted non-governmental and governmental actors. Given this information it is crucial that reintegration programmes need to be innovatively designed to fit the specific needs of these vulnerable young women and their communities. References Honwana, A.M. 2006. Child Soldiers in Africa . New York: Chatham House. Ki-Moon, B. 2008. At the day of remembrance of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. New York: United Nations. http// (accessed 15 December 2010) Machel, G. 2001. The impact of war on children: A review of the progress since the 1996 United Nations Report on the impact of armed conflict on children. UNICEF, London: C Hurst & Co. Snodgrass, L and Obika, J. 2011. Reintegrating former “child soldiers” into their communities in northern Uganda: a case study. Chapter 17 in Africa in Focus: Governance in the 21st Century. Publisher - HSRC Press, February 2011. Taylor, S.J. and R. Bogdan. 1998. Introduction to Qualitative Research Met hods. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Quee, A. 2008. Regional Child Warriors in Africa. Conflict Trends 3: 3-10. About the Corresponding Authors: Lyn Snodgrass (PhD) is the Programme Leader of the Conflict Transformation and Management Programme at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) South Africa. The programme attracts students from all over Africa and the world. Areas of specialisation include the analysis of deep-rooted and protracted conflict with the emphasis on Africa and the techniques of negotiation and mediation to achieve resolution. For further information contact her at: Snodgrass, Lyn (Dr) (Summerstrand Campus South) [email protected] Anna Bertelson is a Masters student in the Conflict Transformation and Management Programme in the Department of Political and Governmental Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). 10
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