The invisible children Child protection in a DDR process in Colombia: a critical analysis

Blanca Saenz


The following article intends to describe a worrying phenomenon of the demobilization of child soldiers in Colombia within the general framework of the DDR process of the paramilitary group known as AUC. It will address the following questions: 1. the level of protection of the demobilized and reintegrated children of the AUC in Colombia; 2. the concepts, sometimes blurry, surrounding the DDR processes of children at war; 3. how the conceptual void regarding such phenomenon derives in a lack of certitude on the who, when, where and how, children demobilize.

Published online: 11 December 2017


Colombia; AUC; DDR; disarmament; demobilization; reintegration; child soldiers; conflict

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