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.
This clearly shows that child soldiers are victims because they don’t have a choice to be a child soldier and kill people. Since they are trying to not disobey the leader so nothing bad will happen to them. I personally think that adults taking children out of their own house, taking them away from their own family members already makes them a victim. But when they are training and listening to their leader to make sure they are safe makes them an even more victim than they already
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.
Child soldiers Child soldiers can be very dangerous to be around as they are trained to shoot and kill anything that moves. Soldiers are trained to erase everything out of children who are put in the army they even make them forget their own families they have to be cold hearted. If they can’t pass their “test” they execute them within 5 minutes, female child soldiers are mistreated and also sexually used and go through more pain than male children do. But if male children do something wrong they get killed unlike the female soldiers do they get tortured until they learn how to do it right. Children go through a life sentence as they grow up, if they are good at shooting and killing they stay and grow up being a criminal and as known as a drug dealer, and if they dont kill someone they get killed and sent back to their family which is the saddest part.
Staples uses the cruelty of the Taliban to show the ways in which conflict can create hardships in people 's lives. The Taliban leader knew that Baba-jan help their enemy and forced him to “‘come and fight with the Taliban’”(Staples,17). there were many times were the Taliban took family members, The Taliban would mostly take away men and force them to fight with them, which left the family unprotected. In the village “‘All the men have gone’... ’the Taliban have taken all of the food’”(31).
Another reason why child soldiers abuse their power is because they do not get punished by the government or by the lawyers because the government protects all of the soldiers from being sewed ”Allowing child soldiers immunity from prosecution denies victims justice. If you are a victim of an ordinary crime at the hands of a child, that child can be prosecuted and held to account but if you are the victim of a child soldier this would not occur.” From this piece we could tell that if a child soldier or a soldier in general sexually assaults or physically harms another person he won't get punished for that, but if a normal person does something to a soldier he would get sewed or get in jail for a long
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.
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.”
All our life we commit mistakes, but should a young teen’s life be taken away in a an instant because of an idiotic mistake they made? According to the eighth amendment, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” It would be cruel to give a young teen a mandatory life sentence without parole without giving them the chance to redeem him/herself and get their life back together. I understand that there are crimes that have no forgiveness, however there are several teens that don 't realize what they are doing. “Young people are biologically different from adults” (Garinger 1).
Have you ever mentioned the subject of child soldiers in a standard conversation? Most likely not. Child soldiers are not an everyday discussion topic, but recently they have grown more and more popular. While in the past, “children were not particularly effective as front-line fighters since most of the lethal hardware was too heavy and cumbersome for them to manipulate” (unicef.org), weapons have become lighter, and younger infantries have followed suit. While childhoods usually don’t consist of shooting people, taking villages, and other awful acts of war, they can, and this physiologically impacts a child.
Should Child Soldiers be prosecuted? Picture this, your family is killed by terrorists and you have nowhere else to go. A gun is forcibly attached to your hand, and you as a 9 year old is given a duty to kill as much people on the streets as you possibly can. This is horrific. Child soldiers soldiers shouldn't be prosecuted without a doubt.