By Human Rights Watch /Africa and Human Rights Watch Arms Proje
Human Rights Watch, 1994, 119 pp.
Easy Prey: Child Soldiers in Liberia
By Human Rights Watch /Africa and Human Rights Watch Children's
Human Rights Watch, 1994, 80 pp.
Documenting and publicizing the human costs of wars is of enormous importance, even though it might seem that the damage cannot be undone. These reports from Human Rights Watch leave no doubt, however, that the physical and social consequences of war can be perpetuated long after the guns fall silent. In Mozambique, tens of thousands of land mines remain a gruesome threat to civilian safety and rural economic recovery. Liberia faces the heart-rending task of trying to rehabilitate thousands of young children traumatized by their forced participation as combatants in a nightmarish civil war. These challenges can be tackled quickly and vigorously, or they can be left to fester and compound the destruction of war. With its customary thoroughness, Human Rights Watch goes beyond describing these critical problems to pinpoint where the responsibility should lie for their solution and how national and international law could be reformed to prevent abuses of human rights.