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    Child-saving or child rights: depictions of children in international NGO campaigns on conflict

    Wells, Karen (2010) Child-saving or child rights: depictions of children in international NGO campaigns on conflict. Journal of Children and Media 2 (3), pp. 235-250. ISSN 1748-2798.

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    This paper analyses images of children in international NGO fundraising campaigns on children and conflict in Africa, with a particular focus on the Civil War in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It identifies the key impacts of contemporary civil war in Africa on children and the role of children and young people in these conflicts. The campaigns analysed here use different discursive and rhetorical devices: from melodrama to dispassionate expert. Despite these differences, the academic literature on why children get involved in fighting and the psycho‐social impacts of both forced and voluntary participation are elided by these NGOs who frame war as an assemblage of discrete issues that can be made the target of specific interventions. Despite the commitment of these NGOs to human rights and to the idea of the child as a rights‐bearing subject, child rights are deployed as a supplement rather than an alternative to established discourses of child saving.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): action aid, Africa, child rights, child saving, child soldiers, DRC, Oxfam, Save the Children, war
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 15:47
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:02


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