The Plight of the Child Soldier in Sierra Leone The following paper is a narrative of a tragic childhood – that of the nameless child soldier in Sierra Leone who is taught to kill before he is taught most basic skills that would allow him to be a useful member of society. There are certain key issues that must be addressed in any paper of this sort: what is the structure of Sierra Leone’s society as a whole? Where does this society stand in human history? What varieties of men and women prevail in this society and during this particular period in time? This paper, as much as anything, looks at the social, political and economic situation in Sierra leone for that offers some insight into the helplessness that these young children...The end:
.....6), p.114. 6. Gillian Straker, Faces in the Revolution (Cape Town: David Philip, 1992), p. 13. 7. Michael Wessells, "Assisting Angolan Children Impacted By War: Blending Western and Traditional Approaches to Healing," in Coordinators Notebook: An International Resource for Early Childhood Development, vol. 19 (West Springfield, Mass., Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, 1996), pp. 33-37. -------------------------- Mike Wessells, a professor of psychology at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, is a former president of the Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has done extensive consulting on conflict resolution and healing the wounds of war, particularly in Sierra Leone and Angola.