Panel Discussion, 19th June 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

2018 Theme: “The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War”

"The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, through trauma, stigma, poverty, poor health and unwanted pregnancy. The children whose existence emanates from that violence have been labelled “bad blood” or “children of the enemy”, and alienated from their mother’s social group. Children conceived through rape in wartime often struggle with issues of identity and belonging for decades after the end of war. They are rarely accepted by society, and unsafe abortion remains a leading cause of maternal mortality in conflict-affected settings.

The stigma associated with sexual violence can have life-long, and sometimes lethal, repercussions for both survivors and children conceived through rape. Socioeconomic reintegration support, aimed to alleviate stigma and mend the social fabric, should therefore infuse all post-conflict reconstruction and recovery efforts.

On this day, we strive to foster solidarity with survivors who endure multiple, intersecting stigmas in the wake of sexual violence, including the stigma of association with an armed or terrorist group, and of bearing children conceived through rape by the enemy. Often, these women and children are viewed as affiliates, rather than victims, of armed and violent extremist groups. These children may be left stateless, in a legal limbo, and susceptible to recruitment, radicalization, trafficking and exploitation, with wider implications for peace and security, as well as human rights. However, the issue of children born of war has been missing from both the international human rights framework and from peace and security discourse, rendering them a voiceless category of victims."

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New Review on 'My Child Lebensborn'

"My Child Lebensborn review – could you raise a Nazi baby?

The trials of caring for a child of the ‘master race’ are explored in a fearless game that brings the past to life and reveals the damage caused by social isolation"

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New Interview: "Hvordan tar vi i mot krigsbarna?"

(Text in Norwegian)

"Korleis behandlar me krigsbarna? Ei kvinne som får barn med ein soldat eller annan part i konflikten i ein krigssituasjon, risikerer å bli fordømt av samfunnet. Det gjeld også barnet som blir fødd. Krigsbarn opplever ofte å bli utstøytte, sjølv etter at krigen offisielt er over. No kjem barn fødde av kvinner som verva seg til IS tilbake til Noreg. Korleis tek me imot dei? Kan me lære noko av måten me behandla barn av norske kvinner og tyske soldatar etter andre verdskrigen"

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New Thesis: 'I feel out of place': children born into the Lord's Resistance Army and the politics of belonging

New Thesis by Stewart, Beth W.

"In the aftermath of nearly three decades of conflict in northern Uganda, children born into the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) experience social, economic, and political exclusion. Thousands were born to mothers and often fathers who were abducted by the LRA and forced to marry inside the rebel group."

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PhD on Children Born of War in Colombia

Congratulations to Tatiana Sanchez Parra!

April 6 2018: Tatiana Sanchez Parra, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK, defended her PhD “Born of War in Colombia: Narratives of Unintelligibility, Contested Identities, and the Memories of Absence”. Her thesis addresses the production and reproduction of narratives about children born as a result of war-related sexual violence in Colombia and focuses on the social processes though which they have become part of realities of the armed conflict that are apprehended by the Colombian government, human rights organisations and transitional justice agencies, the media, and the communities.

  External examiner and INIRC-CBOW network founder Professor Ingvill C. Mochmann, PhD candidate Tatiana Sanchez Parra, internal examiner Professor Nigel G. South, University of Essex

External examiner and INIRC-CBOW network founder Professor Ingvill C. Mochmann, PhD candidate Tatiana Sanchez Parra, internal examiner Professor Nigel G. South, University of Essex