The pernicious employment of child soldiers often young people who are brainwashed and brutalised has been a depressingly regular feature of wars in Africa and indeed around the globe. This lecture will feature on conflicts on the African continent, will look at recruitment, training and use of child soldiers. It will seek to investigate how this evil may be eradicated and how the victims can be helped.
John Sadler is a military historian with some thirty titles in print – he lectured at the Centre for Lifelong Learning on military history for 15 years. He is a battlefield tour guide of many years experience having led groups over virtually all major UK battlefields, around the Western Front, Normandy, Ardennes, Berlin & Holocaust sites. He has lectured on contemporary world conflict and has looked at the role of child soldiers through history.