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Colombia's displaced, violence-affected children: Exploring a community-based, psychosocial pedagogy

Dr Ryan Burgess

The protracted violent conflict in Colombia has resulted in the internal displacement of over 4.3 million people (lDMC, 2008) and the enlistment of 11 ,000 to 14,000 children into one of the guerrilla or paramilitary groups. Children in rural and marginalized areas of Colombia are often targeted by armed groups for recruitment or social cleansing, which is the killing of youth for not abiding by imposed community rules (Watchlist, February 2004). ln addition to the violence, displaced children face numerous challenges including discrimination, separation from or loss of family members, abuse, and other psychosocial issues.


Recorded: October 2009, Dubrovnik - Cavtat, Croatia.
Coping & Resilience International Conference

Organiser: The Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice

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Dr Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess is specialist in the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, currently working in the country office of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Burgess has worked as an education program manager, consultant, and researcher with UNICEF and NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Caucasus. He was a Peace Scholar with the US Institute of Peace and has a Masters and a Doctorate in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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