Libya's implosion and its impacts on children
Journal of International Women's Studies
Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of South Africa, South Africa
The Arab Spring's ripple effects on Libya led to the overthrow of Muammar Al- Qaddafi's government of over four decades. The regime change in Libya was not a smooth adventure. It led to a civil war, which impacted negatively on Libyan children. The seeds of discord that this war sowed in the once considered stable state shall be the focus of this discussion through the employment of descriptive and analytical methods. The contention of this study is that every actor in the civil war disregarded various international treaties that protect children and indigenous peoples during the war. This paper argues that the issue of children should be addressed through domestic legislation and international treaties the country is a signatory to. Also important is the resolution of problems of disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and reinsertion (DDRR)1 for a stable society in a divided post Al-Qaddafi government where different militias are in control of the state. ©2013 Journal of International Women's Studies.