Child Combatants, Gender Violence and the Evolution of A Youth-Led Movement

Presented by: Jimmie Briggs
Presented at: 3rd International CRE Summit
Date of Session: March 26, 2010

Session Description: A presentation given by Jimmie Briggs at a screening of the film CHILDREN of WAR by Bryan Single. Filmed inside the war zone of northern Uganda over a period of three years, CHILDREN OF WAR is a unique and incandescent documentary which captures the story of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of emotional and spiritual healing while in a rehabilitation center. Having been abducted from their homes and schools and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army - a quasi-religious militia led by self-proclaimed prophet and war criminal Joseph Kony - the children struggle to confront and break through years of brutal abuse, extreme religious ideology, and participation in war crimes with the help of a heroic team of trauma counselors.