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than two million
children have died in wars
in the last ten years.
is their story.
In Children in War,
based on their acclaimed television documentary, filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond
tell the tragic story of life during wartime through the voices of children in
Bosnia, Israel, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland. Their stories, drawings, and photo
images tell us of atrocities they have witnessed, losses they have suffered, and
in some cases, hopes that still prevail.
The war in Bosnia lasted three
years, produced three million refugees, and killed fifteen thousand children.
Terrorism has been a way of life for Israeli children who live with the constant
threat of suicide bombings and shelling attacks. At the same time, Palestinian
children in Gaza and the West Bank have grown up under the oppression of Israeli
military occupation. In Rwanda, eight hundred thousand people were killed in a
mere three months, three hundred thousand of them children. The children of Northern
Ireland, both Catholic and Protestant, have never known a lasting peace, and few
think it will be achieved in their lifetimes.
Candid interviews with
children in each of these countries, as well as psychologists and social workers
who have helped many of these children deal with their trauma, display a wide
array of emotions and provide startling insights into the complex causes of war
and its real effects.
With full-color photographs of the artwork many
of the children created in therapy sessions and an afterword by the filmmakers
on the difficulties of bearing witness, Children in War is a powerful -- perhaps
the ultimate -- anti-war statement.
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