War and Children: A Reference Handbook

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AdolescentAccording to the United Nations, adolescents are boys and girls who are between the ages of 10 and 19 years old
Armed conflictArmed conflict is political violence between two or more organized parties involving the use of armed force. Armed conflicts usually revolve around one or more incompatibilities between groups of people, such as disputes over government or territory. There are different types of armed conflict, depending on the duration, levels, and intensities of a conflict and on the nature of the parties participating in the conflict.
Armed groupA group that uses armed force to achieve its objective. Such groups are often not associated with the government or state (and are, as such, labeled “non-state actors” or “armed opposition group”).
CantonmentCantonment refers to a process ranging from the processing of individual combatants in temporary centers to the massing of troops in camps designated for this purpose. Cantonment sites can be encampments, assembly areas, or barracks.
Cease-fireA cease-fire is a temporary stoppage of hostilities during an armed conflict, wherein the warring parties agree to stop aggressive, violent activities for a period of time to, for instance, start peace

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