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Female Soldiers in Sierra LeoneSex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development$
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Megan H. MacKenzie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814761373

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814761373.001.0001

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Loving Your Enemy

Loving Your Enemy

Rape, Sex, Childbirth, and Politics Post–Armed Conflict

(p.117) 7 Loving Your Enemy
Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone

Megan H. Mackenzie

NYU Press

This chapter discusses children born as a result of war—“war babies.” Building on the previous chapter, which discusses wartime rape as a warfare strategy, the chapter argues that rape as a tactic of war in Sierra Leone and children born as a result of rape are two issues that have largely been pushed to the margins of conflict, development, and security studies. In general, sex and childbirth have traditionally been considered private concerns, distant from pressing security matters; consequently, a generation of children born as a result of wartime rape has been virtually ignored, despite the fact that both survivors of rape and their offspring may face serious insecurity concerns.

Keywords:   war babies, wartime rape, warfare strategy, rape, Sierra Leone, childbirth

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