Forgiveness and the Reintegration of Child Soldiers


Stephanie Goins

During the ten years’ civil war in Sierra Leone, children were both victims and perpetrators of horrendous crimes. Many of these former child soldiers sought reunification with their families and communities, whose openness to this was essential. Yet it was not just reunification, it was reintegration they were after. The inherent complexities of this beg the question: Can practices of forgiveness serve the reintegration process? This mini-book, a summation of a larger body of work, explores the transformative possibilities of forgiveness and its power to reshape individuals and communities as they seek new futures together.