Lotte Vermeij

Title: The Bullets Sound Like Music to My Ears
Based on over 400 in-depth interviews with child soldiers and their commanders, this research reveals how rebel group socialization leads to allegiance among child soldiers and how this contributes to the creation of a cohesive group.
Supervisors: Dorothea Hilhorst, Gemma van der Haar
Key Publications:

  • “The Bullets Sound Like Music To My Ears: Socialization of Child Soldiers within African Rebel Groups”. PhD thesis, Wageningen University, 2014.
  • “Socialization and Reintegration Challenges: A Case Study of the Lord’s Resistance Army”
    in: Ozerdem and Polder (eds) Child Soldiers: From Recruitment to Reintegration. 173 – 190
    Palgrave Macmillan, New York/London, 2011
    ISBN-10: 0230241964
    ISBN-13: 978-0230241961
  • “Children of Rebellion: Socialization of Child Soldiers within the Lord’s Resistance Army”.  Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, October 2009. 101 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7002-254-0.

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