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Born of War: Protecting Children of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict Zones

Charli Carpenter, editor
Born of War: Protecting Children of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict Zones
ISBN: 978-1-56549-237-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-664-9
2007/243 pages/LC: 2007005868
A Kumarian Press Book
"Carpenter's excellent collected volume ... establishes children born of war as the rightful subjects of human rights law and practice.... [She] has given us a powerful framework for thinking about and acting in the name of [these] children—one that may well inspire an entirely new field, and do a great deal of good in the process."—Journal of Genocide Research

"This excellently edited volume, with its rich case studies and thoughtful recommendations, is a cutting edge work that will attract the interest of academics and policymakers working in the humanitarian field."—W. Andy Knight, University of Alberta

"An important and unique book that anyone interested in children's rights should put on their required reading list."—Joyce Apsel, New York University

"The authors have not only done an outstanding job in bringing an understanding of how urgent the need for more knowledge is; they have also managed to give voice to a group that is seldom heard and deserves our undivided attention."—Inger Skjelsbaek, International Peace Research Institute


Born of War reveals the multiple impacts of armed conflict on children born of wartime rape and sexual exploitation—and calls for greater consideration of this group in international human rights discourse and practice, where their experiences have been largely ignored.


R. Charli Carpenter is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. She is author of  Innocent Women and Children: Gender, Norms, and the Protection of Civilians.


  • Gender, Ethnicity, and Children's Human Rights: Theorizing Babies Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation—R.C. Carpenter.
  • Children Born of War Rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Convention on the Rights of the Child—J. Daniel-Wrabetz.
  • Caring for Children Born of Rape in Rwanda—M.C. Mukangendo.
  • Orphans or Veterans?: Justice for Children Born of War in East Timor—S.H. Rimmer.
  • Silent Identities: Children Born of War in Sierra Leone—G. Baldi and M. MacKenzie.
  • Uganda's Forgotten Children of War—E. Apio.
  • Children Born of War and the Politics of Identity—P. Weitsman.
  • Theorizing Justice for Children Born of War—D. DeLaet.
  • Human Rights Culture and Children Born of Wartime Rape—S. McEvoy-Levy.
  • Key Ethical Inquiries for Future Research—J. Mertus.
  • Children Born of War and Human Rights: Philosophical Reflections—M. Goodhart.
  • Conclusion: Protecting Children Born of War—R.C. Carpenter.