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Born of War: Protecting Children of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict Zones Paperback – June 20, 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press (June 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565492374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565492370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carpenter's excellent collected volume... establishes children born of war as the rightful subjects of human rights law and practice...[she] has given us a powerful framework for thinking about and acting in the name of [these] children - one that may well inspire an entirely new field, and do a great deal of good in the process."

"This book sheds light on a serious human security concern that persists despite the abundance of international legal instruments designed to protect children who by accident of birth happen to be in conflict zones. This excellently edited volume, with its rich case studies and thoughtful recommendations, is a cutting edge work that will attract the interest of academics and policymakers working in the humanitarian field."

"Born of War is an important and unique book which anyone interested in children's rights should put on their required reading list. This multidisciplinary volume is an invaluable resource for students as well as scholars interested in learning more about the role of gender, ethnicity and gross violations of children's human rights."

"This edited volume by Charli Carpenter brings outstanding scholarship to a theme and a group of people which have not received sufficient attention in the past - the children born of war. This group of war-victims has not only been kept hidden from their respective communities. They have also been largely invisible to international scholars because they are such a vulnerable group to study. The authors have not only done an outstanding job in bringing an understanding of how urgent the need for more knowledge is; they have also managed to give voice to a group that is seldom heard and deserves our undivided attention."

About the Author

Charli Carpenter is Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a faculty affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh's Ford Institute of Human Security. She has published extensively on gender, humanitarian action and transnational advocacy networks, and is the author of ‘Innocent Women and Children’: Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians. Professor Carpenter teaches courses on human rights and humanitarian law, and is currently writing a book on the children’s human rights regime.

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Born of War: Protecting Children of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict Zones edited by R. Charli Carpenter. Hartford: Kumarian Press, 2007, $23.95, ISBN 978-1565492370.

Born of War: Protecting Children of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict Zones is a compilation of essays edited by R. Charli Carpenter regarding the problems of safety regarding children born during and after war conflict. The main goal of book according to Carpenter, as relayed in chapter one, the introductory chapter, is to bring attention to lack of research and legal attention to fates of children born to rape campaigns or sexual abuse during war in conflict zones as well as how to better protect the human rights of children born of wartime rape and exploitation. Carpenter goes on to define children born of war referred to in this book as persons of any age conceived as a result of violent, coercive, or exploitative sexual relations in conflict zones. Carpenter further states in this introduction that Born of War (as the book will be referred to herein) aims to highlight the vulnerability of this population in contrast to other children born or affected by the conflict, discover how the stigma against children of rape can be understood and alleviated, and if current legal norms and protections enough to help these children. Carpenter goes on to give a brief overview of the remaining eleven chapters in the volume.
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