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Children and Armed Conflict, Sri Lanka: Data Collection on Displacement and Recruitment

Children and Armed Conflict, Sri Lanka: Data Collection on Displace...This 2006 Social Science Research Council paper on a 12-month study of the impact of conflict on youth in Sri Lanka emphasizes emerging trends and behavior patterns in the Vavuniya region. The paper is part of a larger research project concerning the absence of reliable data on children in armed conflict. The report provides an overview of the political history in Sri Lanka and its impact on younger generations. It also discusses research developed in the country to address knowledge gaps, followed by an examination of research methodologies and tools used in this project as well as the training of local researchers. The paper concludes with research findings and discusses the impact of displacement and recruitment due to conflict on children in Vavuniya today.

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