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Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security, and Post-Conflict Development

Megan H. MacKenzie


The eleven-year civil war in Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002 was incomprehensibly brutal—it is estimated that half of all female refugees were raped and many thousands were killed. While the publicity surrounding sexual violence helped to create a general picture of women and girls as victims of the conflict, there has been little effort to understand female soldiers' involvement in, and experience of, the conflict. This book draws on interviews with seventy-five former female soldiers and over twenty local experts, providing a rare perspective on both the civil war and post-conflict developmen ... More

Keywords: Sierra Leone Civil War, female refugees, rape, sexual violence, female soldiers, post-conflict development, post-conflict reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814761373
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814761373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Megan H. MacKenzie, author