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When the Fighting Ceases


The paper focuses on the lasting effects war has on children every day. It uses a memoir by Clemantine Wamariya about her time as a refuge of the Rwandan Genocide as a child to show how war does not simply end with soldiers and ceasefire; the children nearby are forced to bear the burden of what they witnessed for years after. The Post Traumatic Stress they experience later in life can affect their socialization abilities and their view on society. Witnessing so many casualties can make them numb to future suffering or traumatic events because for so many years all they saw were those horrors. Throughout Clemantine’s new life in America, she saw the value of education and how it can help her tell her story, which so many other children share, with the public. She became able to voice her story of survival and the struggles she faced afterwards in which she is still recovering.



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