Child Soldiers In Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Away

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Thousands and thousands, of children in the Middle East and Africa, are being used as soldiers where it is needed. These children kill others and do things that no other child should have to do. People wonder if child soldiers should be given amnesty or not. The issue of child soldiers came to worldwide attention when Ishmael Beah published his book A Long Way Gone, which was based on what happened while he was a child soldier. A child soldier is someone under the age of eighteen and who is used in wars. They are used to increase the size of an army and to help defend and attack countries. They commit crimes that no one else wants to do. Child soldiers are very easy to recruit and use in the army since they will follow all commands, that’s why they are used so often in many countries where war continually happens. It is hard for child soldiers to escape because they don’t have the means, knowledge or places to go. There are mixed opinions about where these children should be given any sort of amnesty. One side believes that they committed crimes and should pay the price under the law. The other side believes that they are child and lack the ability to make their own decisions and have not learned right from wrong. These children are often brainwashed and are not able to make decisions about right from wrong, they are forced to fight and kill in order to survive. It would be unfair for child soldiers not to be given amnesty. Most child soldiers are brainwashed and told

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