Why Did the Soldiers Not Go Home? Demobilized Combatants, Family Life, and Witchcraft in Post-War Mozambique

Citation:

Wiegink, Nikkie. 2013. “Why Did the Soldiers Not Go Home? Demobilized Combatants, Family Life, and Witchcraft in Post-War Mozambique.” Antropological Quaterly 86 (1): 107–32.

Author: Nikkie Wiegink

Abstract:

Drawing on the role of witchcraft in relationships between ex-RENAMO combatants and their relatives in central Mozambique, this article suggests a different understanding of reintegration processes of ex-combatants, not merely shaped by their role as perpetrators of violence, but situated in the complexities of social life. It is argued that the reintegration of former combatants in Mozambique was shaped by certain changes within family relations, which were contingent to the war (but not necessarily to war violence), creating an enabling environment for witchcraft dynamics, which influenced former combatants' settlement decisions.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Post-Conflict Regions: Africa, Southern Africa Countries: Mozambique

Year: 2013

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