“Between 2001 and 2009, the number of kids under 19 visiting emergency rooms for concussions each year increased by 62 percent.” (Source #1,pg.1) More evidence states that, “...Pee Wee and Pop Warner players sustain from 240 to 585 head hits per season between ages 9 and 12, a critical period of brain development.”(Source #2,pg.4) This supports the claim that kids should not be able to play football because it is very dangerous and risky. The effects of playing football can cause life long injuries like brain damage and concussions. Due to this, youths should not be able to play football.
Today, approximately 200,000 children are being used as soldiers around the world, usually against their will.Children as young as nine are put on the front lines of war. Many adolescent girls are subjected to sexual abuse, including rape. Thousands of children are purchased, kidnapped, and terrorized into joining the countries army where they are used as suicide bombers, soldiers, & to clear minefields. You may be informed that many children are or have been a child soldier. They are taken away from everything they recognize and maltreated in horrible environments.
The Hunger games are ways to show how much power the capitol has as well as the punishment for the rebellion that happened 74 years ago as I mentioned before that “In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate.” That means every year, they chose two “tributes” (both ages 12 to 18, one male, one female) from each district, who are forced to fight to the death. Unfortunately, this is what happens where the way to control the people using the children to kill each other as entertainment. This makes us hate each other, and the other districts, spread violence, enmities, and cruelties. As I said, “Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch — This is Capitol 's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy!” which seems the main purpose is to remind the Districts how weak we are — and that their deaths are televised entertainment. In addition, “whatever words they use, the real message is clear.
What do thousands of kids do when they are scared that they will be charged with war crimes if they escape from there battle? That is what child soldiers across the world, ask themselves every day. Because they do not know if they should risk their lives to get amnesty that is promised to them, just to be thrown in jail. Because there are rules that the child soldiers don't even know, so it is a gamble they have to bid their lives on.. Child soldiers deserve amnesty because they are drugged and brainwashed, they are kidnaped or forced to join, also they are killed and abused for little to no reason. On top of that almost all child soldiers are drugged, to subdue them so that they will do what they are told without hesitation.
It’s been well documented that these children have used guns and war tactics, and committed various illegal and illicit acts of violence. However, what they’ve done doesn 't come with the fact that child soldiers live with rugged conditions, drugs, the influence of others. Even though some people believe that child soldier’s shouldn’t be given amnesty, overall, it becomes clear that these children should be given amnesty because many adults influence their actions, they live in inferior conditions, and children who enlist as child soldiers enlist for multiple reasons other than violence. First, in many areas, it can be clearly seen that child soldiers are influenced by their superiors. No one is ever born dangerous, it’s always their parents and environment that shape a child into who they are.
Child soldiers should still be prosecuted, but without black-and-white thinking. “The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, a human-rights group based in London, defines a child soldier as anyone under the age of 18 who is a member of government armed forces or any other armed group.” (Gettleman, 6). This is a reasonable definition, but we shouldn’t make a decision for all the soldiers that fit it. We have to consider all the aspects of child soldiers’ cases and not resort to knee-jerk
Scholarly estimates tell that there were about 20, 000 to 100, 000 who became captives (Haboush & Robinson IX). Prisoners become confused of who they really are. Because they do not have the ability to resist, they are often tortured and threatened. Worse, they are forced to betray their mother
In Afghanistan, there have been reports of children being used as soldiers or suicide bombers by the Taliban and other insurgents. And in the Middle East, Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza have been sent into Israel as suicide bombers.”. This shows the children’s jobs in the different places around the world.This supports the claim that war leads to negative effects because this is showing that the children who are young are having to do jobs that soldiers should be doing but instead they are being suicide bombers and basically risking their life when other oder soldiers should be doing that instead of them. In addition the second example is when Gettleman states,”But 12-year-old Awil is different in two ways: He is shouldering an automatic, fully loaded rifle; and he is working for a military that is substantially armed and
The child soldiers are aware that they are killing but may not be morally responsible for their actions due to their age, culture, and the conditions that led them to be forcibly turned into juvenile soldiers. Given their youth, the questions is raised about whether they possess mens rea, the guilty mind, to know beyond a reasonable doubt whether they are innocent. In the haze of war, there is no time to know whether the child soldier is acting freely on their own will and in control of their actions. To be viewed as a non-combatant, these juveniles must be unable or unwilling to defend themselves, while these juveniles are able to kill. "Consequently, decision makers in conflict zones, unavoidably, rely on normative and socially constructed conceptions of innocence and vulnerability (Gade 238).
According to Gettleman in “Armed & Underage” he states, “While the number of conflicts involving child soldiers has dropped since 2004 from 27 to 15, human-rights experts estimate that more than 200,000 children worldwide are still being used as combatants, usually against their will. And it isn't just boys: Girls are often pressed into duty as cooks or messengers. Many are subjected to sexual abuse, including rape.” Gettleman is saying that boys and girls that are in the army have to deal with struggles. This supports that war brings hardship to countries and their people because in this case, the children that are drafted in the army are dealing with hardship with being in the army. Also, according to Gettleman he states, “‘These kids can be so easily brainwashed," Ali says.