Author: Sabine Lee
Title: Kinder des Krieges
Subtitle: Vergessene Sekundäropfer einer veränderten Kriegslandschaft im 20. Jahrhundert?
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Year: May 2012
Abstract: »The article outlines the problem of children born out of war in the 20th century. It focuses on four central aspects. (1) Selected conflicts are discussed to cast light on the extremely wide-ranging conflict and life situations forming the background for the conception of children. (2) The author inquires whether and how changing warfare in the 20th century (here notably the increasing incorporation of the civilian population into war strategy and tactics) has an impact on war children and their integration into post-war societies. (3) A number of key problems affecting children of war are addressed to illustrate the ways in which different countries deal with the war-child phenomenon after the conclusion of hostilities. (4) The author argues that the problems affecting the victims as a result of their status as »children of the enemy« are not limited in scope to the children themselves but also have local, regional and major societal consequences in post-war societies. For this reason, more acute understanding of this group of the population is essential to optimise the situation not only of those immediately affected but also of the societies integrating them.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]