Soldier Girl? Not Every Tamil Teen Wants to Be a Tiger


Mitchell, James. 2006. “Soldier Girl? Not Every Tamil Teen Wants to Be a Tiger.” The Humanist 66, no. 5: 16.


Author: James A. Mitchell


The most appropriate stamp might be "The Children's War," for both victim and combatant, because the civil war in Sri Lanka isn't being waged exclusively by adults, nor is it just a boys' club. The Tamil Tigers have two significantly negative reputations: masters of the suicide bomb attack and recruiters of child soldiers. In spite of a growing body of testimony-too many girls have described the training sessions, so their existence can't be denied-the LTTE still denies that their child-recruitment strategy includes weapons training and the solicitation of suicide bombers.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Civil Wars, Ethnic/Communal Wars, Combatants, Child Soldiers, Female Combatants, Gender, Girls, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Non-State Armed Groups, Peace Processes Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Sri Lanka

Year: 2006

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