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

  • Blanca Saenz
Keywords: Colombia, AUC, DDR, disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, child soldiers, conflict


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


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Author Biography

Blanca Saenz
Master in Theology and International Humanitarian Action. Master NOHA at the University of Deusto (Bilbao Spain), University of Uppsala (Uppsala-Sweden) and University Javeriana of Bogotá (Bogotá-Colombia).
How to Cite
Saenz, Blanca. 2017. “The Invisible Children Child Protection in a DDR Process in Colombia: A Critical Analysis”. Deusto Journal of Human Rights, no. 4 (December), 49-67.