Enfants-soldats au Nigeria : les romanciers témoignent

Ugochukwu, Francoise (2012). Enfants-soldats au Nigeria : les romanciers témoignent. Etudes littéraires africaines (ELA), 32 pp. 20–30.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7202/1018639ar

URL: http://www.apela.fr/2012/02/16/sommaire-du-numero-...


During an interview, Ishmael Beah, conscripted in Sierra Leone when he was 13, testified to the fact that the rights of child‐soldiers were constantly violated. In recent years, the plight of these soldiers defined as “anyone under the age of eighteen who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity”, started attracting the world’s attention, following the conflicts which have been ravaging most of the African continent for the last century. While former Biafrans and foreigners who experienced the conflict first hand wrote about casualties and the plight of refugees, the stories of young boys conscripted into the Biafran army has so far attracted very little attention. The present study seeks to assess the impact of the recruiting of child-soldiers during the Nigerian civil war on four Nigerian novelists: Abani, Adichie, Iweala and Saro-Wiwa.

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