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Author Archives: Carolina Rocha da Silva

Carolina is a Research Assistant in the Human Rights and Conflict Resolution research division. She has worked at CISV, an international NGO that focuses on peace education. In parallel, she has participated in development-related projects in Mozambique. Her main interests lie in the field of humanitarian intervention, conflict resolution, crimes against humanity and post-conflict reintegration and reconciliation.

Child marriage in conflict zones: a protection mechanism that hinders security and development

Early marriage disproportionally affects girls in greater number and with more intensity than boys. UNICEF estimates that in 2013, 730 million girls were married before the age of 18 while only 156 million boys were married before reaching adulthood[ii]. Therefore, this article will mainly focus on female victims of child marriage.

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Responding to terror-related kidnapping: a torn Western reaction

In the past month, two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and one British aid worker, David Haines, were beheaded by the Islamic State (IS), bringing to the public fore the question of kidnapping for ransom (KFR). Terror-related KFR is a worrying, growing and increasingly violent trend that raises a difficult dilemma to governments: should states, businesses and families comply with terrorist groups in order to save the lives of the kidnapped, or should these men be left behind in order to fight against terrorism? What remains certain is that the payment of ransom will continue to help financially and ideologically sustain terror groups.

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