Description - Child Soldiers by Leora Kahn
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 21st-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
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Author Biography - Leora Kahn
Leora Kahn is the founder of Proof- Media for Social Justice, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create awareness of the issues faced by populations in post-conflict societies and to encourage social change through the use of photography and education. Kahn has served as the director of photography at Workman Publishing and Corbis, and is currently at work on global projects with Amnesty International, Participant Films, and the United Nations. She recently edited the Lucie Award winningDarfur- Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan (powerHouse Books, 2007) in collaboration with Amnesty, and curated an accompanying exhibit that will tour the U.S. this year with the Holocaust Museum Houston. Kahn is currently working on an exhibition in Rwanda with Aegis Trust about Hutu rescuers during the genocide. Child Soldiers features the work of nine prominent photographers, who have covered the use of children in combat around the world. Contributing writers include Jo Becker, Children's Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, Jimmie Briggs, journalist and author of Innocents Lost- When Child Soldiers Go to War (Basic Books,