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Children in war
Raymond, Alan.
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New York : TV Books, [2000]

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160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Bosnia -- Israel -- Rwanda -- Northern Ireland.
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D842.2 .R39 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The tragic story of war as told through the voices of children in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland. Through their stories, drawings, and photo images based on the documentary of the same name premiering on HBO, readers learn that the face of war is younger than they think. Illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

UN statistics indicate that, in the last 10 years, two million children have been killed in wars around the world and many millions more have been orphaned and disabled. The Raymonds compiled this book from the unfortunately excessive material they had gathered for a TV documentary they made. They talked to child psychologists and social workers about war's impact on children, but mostly they asked children to describe their war experiences and how their lives were changed by what they had lived through and continue to live with. The children's accounts reveal the physical, psychological, and emotional scars of war, in both the words of their interviews and the violent images in their drawings, poems, and other writings. The interviews verify the horrors of war--children throwing rocks at armed soldiers and witnessing the death of friends and family--but also the resilience of children. The wars the Raymonds treat include those in Bosnia, Israel, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland; they provide historical background on each before having the children speak. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

According to a recent United Nations report, over two million children have been killed in wars over the past ten years. This horrifying statistic motivated the Raymonds, Academy and Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, to undertake the dangerous mission of finding child survivors of these wars and reporting their experiences. Accompanying the HBO special of the same title, aired in January, the book encompasses four different war zones (Bosnia, Israel, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland). The Raymonds interview the children, letting them tell their stories honestly and passionately. Samples of the children's artwork punctuate these shocking revelations. Additionally, the authors include brief background information on the countries and the ideologies behind the conflicts. This book is a brutal look at war today--not between soldiers but against the innocent and helpless sectors of the populace. For another look at children's war experiences, see Laurel Holliday's Why Do They Hate Me? Young Lives Caught in War and Conflict (Archway, 1999). Recommended for all public libraries.--Maria C. Bagshaw, Lake Erie Coll. Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Though this title came out of the authors' documentary of the same name, it stands on its own as a powerful addition to the literature of witness. The book contains concise but thorough chapters on the conflicts in Bosnia, Israel, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland, before stepping back to allow these nations' youngest citizens to have their say. These youngsters have lived so long (sometimes their whole lives) with violence and fear that a suicide bombing just down the block can be spoken of casually and the loss of one's arm as a regrettable inconvenience. They've seen their fathers shot and their playmates killed in the streets. They've seen their sisters raped and their mothers' throats cut. They have sometimes been specifically targeted: a Hutu extremist broadcast in Rwanda proclaimed that, "To destroy the big rats, you must kill the little rats"-the "little rats" being Tutsi children. In addition to interviews, the book includes a generous selection of children's art. Vivid, simple, and alternatively sad and terrifying, much of the work was produced in art-therapy courses designed to help child witnesses through post-traumatic stress. Photographs of the children, often pictured in the ruins of their neighborhoods and villages or in relocation camps and schools, appear throughout. Carefully balanced, the illustrations and text each have a great impact, and taken together form an essential, highly readable book that cannot be dismissed.-Emily Lloyd, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.