Most children at the age of ten are kicking soccer balls, shooting nerf guns, or watching movies with their families. For child soldiers this is not the case. Many child soldiers are physically and mentally tortured, shooting AK-47’s, and forced to kill their families, or watch them be beaten. These atrocities take place in Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and in many other countries. It is estimated that more than 200,000 child soldiers are fighting, usually against their will (DoSomething.org).
Snatched from their families, with guns pointed at their heads, they are forced to kill. Beaten and drugged, they lose all moral values. They are brainwashed into believing that killing is required to survive. These people are children, innocent victims, who need rescue. First of all, child soldiers are treated very poorly - like machines - to perform one task: kill.
Small hands, belonging to children, wrapped around a gun, fingers on the trigger. These guns aren't toys being carelessly held while playing a game, these guns are loaded with deadly bullets held steady by a child soldier. Their eyes filled with fear, looking for a target so they don't become one. Their minds aren't thinking straight, the line between right and wrong is disappearing due to the drugs, alcohol and, lies flooding their brains and flowing throughout their small, growing bodies. They are unaware of their actions, they were manipulated by rebel groups to kill.
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.
Child Soldiers Deserve to be granted with amnesty as long as they don’t act violent. These underaged soliders are forced to act violent. They are also drugged, leaving them no choice but to do what they are told. On the other hand, many argue that they shouldn’t be given amnesty. They say the child solider do have a choice between saving themselves or others, but in kids are too young to expect themselves to save others instead of themselves.
Adolescents who are forced to be in combat have the most destructive beginnings to their childhood. Throughout history children have been used as weapons not only to kill, but also to psychologically injure their enemies. Child soldiers are taught militant ways of life, to follow orders without question. The key to their survival is to follow all their duties. If child soldiers disobey, they will be killed by their “comrades”.
Not only have these child soldiers have been through harsh conditions of training and taken away, but child soldiers should be given amnesty because they were easy to be manipulated or forced to do such crimes. The strategy that these training camps do to manipulate these child soldiers is placing drugs to their systems, to which can cause many to be confused or to not think rationally for what actions they take upon. The article, “A Former Child Soldier Shares His Story In New Graphic Novel,” Chikwanine shares his story of when he was a young child to where they have forced him from drugs to do a crime upon his friends. The text states, “There, a fighter drugged him with a mix of cocaine and gunpowder. Chikwanine was blindfolded and made to hold a gun, then told
Child Soldiers-Amnesty? Swinging on the swings, licking lollipops, and playing war might be what many call ‘their childhood.’ Adults remember the fun times they had playing with Barbies or ‘shooting’ each other with Nerf guns. Yet, this is not the case for an estimated 300,000 children forced to unwilling shoot real people--during a real war.
Have you ever been pushed out of your comfort zone or forced to do something? Well most of these child soldiers have to be taken from their home or to just stay there and die. How would you react in that situation? Most of these kids chose to join these militant groups because the commanders of these groups give them food. These child soldiers are plucked off the streets and use for meat shield and soldiers.
Learning a Life Lesson Reading A Long Way Gone, a book about child soldiers, in Sierra Leone during the 1990’s made me feel disgusted because of the treatment of the young children. Reading about the most disturbing sequence in life, dealing with children my age or under made me realize how much life means. I could not imagine ever going through anything that will determine my life well-being. This made me look forward to more in life and appreciate the life I do live, because everyone doesn't have it like I do.