Child soldiers have been taken from around the world to kill unwillingly, are they at fault? Let’s take a look into a part of the life of a child soldier. Over the years, child soldiers (kids under the age of 18 who are forced into the military) have been forced into battle and brainwashed to obey orders. They are usually brainwashed with drugs or alcohol in order to do something they wouldn’t normally do. There is an advantage to brainwashing child soldiers for the commanders, the commanders can order the child to kill anyone even innocent civilians.
The kids are victims. These kids are victims because most of them are being forced to do this. People state that child soldiers are criminals because they’re not getting prosecuted for all the actions that they are doing. But what people don’t know is why the kids keep doing all this crime in wars. According to the article “The Challenges of the African Criminal Court in Prosecuting Child Soldiers” It states that the children don’t know what they are doing wrong because they aren’t getting
Child soldiers are just like child criminals and some volunteer to fight. NBC News states in an interview with child soldier, Ahmed, ”he found out ISIS 's offer of amnesty came with conditions. After returning to eastern Syria, he was ordered to "repent" by going an ISIS indoctrination school.” This quote is showing that Ahmed willing went back to ISIS, thus he should be punished because he knew what he was getting himself into. Despite the fact that he willingly went back, another quote from NBC specifies that, “He says special attention was given to boys like him for brainwashing.”
Hundreds of children are forced to put in the army but some kids join on their own and suffer years and when they try to come out they come out worse than when they joined. They come out with broken bones or even missing body pieces, some kids don't even make it back out they die or they kill them before even starting war. Poverty kills children and also eventually kills family because of the children dying, the government doesn't care about children but they do care about winning a war. “Special attention will be given to the young women and girls, who are likely to have suffered sexual abuse, so that they can rejoin their communities without the stigma associated with such abuse.” young women suffer more than male soldiers, females are abused sexually and are thrown back to there
Many graphic designers were stricken with guilt after the war and one of the most memorable is the one who created the “I want YOU” poster, namely James Montgomery Flagg, who stated: ’A number of us who were too old or too scared to fight prostituted our talents by making posters inciting a large mob of young men who had never done anything to us to hop over and get shot at. . . We sold the war to youth.’ However at the time it had seemed perfectly logically justified for these men to sell the war to the youth and use their talents to enlist men in a war which was being fought for the people in power. This shows the extent and poisonous seeping of the brainwashing into the public of the people to the extent that even those who were performing the brainwashing, were themselves
Therefore, child soldiers should be given amnesty for the crimes that they did not want to commit, rather than the ones they wanted to commit. Child soldiers should be given amnesty because they were forced to fight, have been drugged, and have witnessed their own families being killed or tortured. Children have been the main victims in these attacks against people. They have been given a choice whether to fight or die.
All around the world, children are being forced out of their homes and onto battlefields to fight for what they are led to believe is the right thing. Military commanders who are short on troops take over villages and force the children to fight for the government. Though some of them have committed unspeakable acts, many people believe that these children deserve amnesty, as they were forced into their positions. Also, they can’t refuse the government for threat of death. Because of this and more, child soldiers should clearly be granted amnesty.
It is a refreshing take on learning about the Civil War in Sierra Leone. This books holds firsthand information over the events that occurred. It provides evidence of the unwillingly harsh conditions and acts these young boys had to commit over the course of the war. It also describes the severe use of drugs the boys were given as a way to give them the audacity to fight in the war and also a way to restrain their emotions.
Walker uses examples of simple childhood fears everyone experiences, “Neuroscientists have actually shown that human beings are hard-wired to be optimists.” (1) Human beings don 't think of fear as something to talk about because they don 't want to be trapped in this world of negativity and discomfort they face alone. For example, “What if we thought of fear as an amazing act of the imagination, something that can be as profound and insightful as storytelling itself?” (1) People never know the kind of stories others can put to the mind and to paper with a simple thought or fear that haunts every mind corner and edge. Fear is never something to be afraid of but
Imagine helping your country out of debt, or helping innocent people and save them from years and years of trauma. The history of torture goes all the back to to before christ was born and yet people still use it to this day like the united states, china, north korea, and mexico. From country to country people torture other humans for information and services. The definition is the same world wide which means to inflict severe pain on a another human to force them to say something or provide a service. The topic is so controversial because every human has the same rights as other humans and no human should be put through terrifying torture experiences.
The media tends to depict young victims of colour as older than they actually are. For example, twelve year old Tamir rice was murdered by the police while he was playing with his toy gun. Although Tamir was the victim in this case, the news reports continuously refer to him as “young man” and mention how he was “big for his age”. The image that the media chooses to use in their stories on how people view criminals and suspects. White victims and even white suspects, are often shown in positive images such as graduation pictures or family photos.
A historical figure that has had an influence on me is Ishmael Beah. His story of a child at war is truly inspiring. He ran to save his life at such a young age and he was captured and “brain-washed” into the war in Sierra Leone during the nineties. From his memoir, A Long Way Gone he enlightened me that there is no right side to war, both sides of the war are destructive, both sides recruited children to fight and both forced recruits to do drugs that altered their way of thinking. In the memoir, UNICEF saves him from the war by bartering for the children and they saved as much children as they could.
In war terrible things happen and one of those things is child soldiers. Children who are recruited and forced to be soldiers in violent conflicts are most definitely victims that deserve forgiveness and should be provided with help. Children are often forced to kill and are used in terrible ways, for example “Iran, which used boys as young as 12 to clear minefields during the Iran-Iraq war. Clearly children don’t want to kill or clear minefields risking their own lives, most of the time in poverty ridden countries parents have to sell their children to survive. Once sold they are exploited in any number of inhumane ways which children should never have to deal with, which is why child soldiers should be given amnesty and are victims.
Betrayal can leads to Change In the novel “Flight”, Sherman Alexie goes through the life of Zits, a boy who had lost his mom when he was 6 years old by cancer and knows that his father was indian and left when he was born. Having lost both parents, had made his life a total mess. He runs away from his foster homes, gets drunk, steals and gets caught by Dave, the police officer who almost always catches him. Dave knows almost everything about zits and has given him many chances to put his life together. He meets Justice, who is a 17 year old boy who teaches zits how to be violent and messes everything up.
Living a life fulfilled with happiness, safety, compassion, family, and health is what many people are deprived of. In many third world countries, the government is being overruled by its people, raids take on an innate factor, and civilians are bereaved of basic necessities. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of A Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah, is about a boy who is thrust into a life based on war, blood, and death. Beah provides the audience to comprehend the type of effects war has: his conflicts with civilians and the rebels, imagery of necrosis through diction and figurative language, as well as the theme: the effects of war. A Long Way Gone is a story that captivates the audience through the elements of character, imagery, and theme to not only