Child Soldiers Speech

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Did you know, there are children who have never played in a park or played a video game? These children are called child soldiers. A child soldier is someone under the age of 18 that is used in war times as combatants, cooks, bombers, messengers, spies, and human shields. For years children have been recruited to join militaries and government groups in several countries across the world. These countries include Uganda, Myanmar, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen, Colombia, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Despite the fact that some people believe that child soldiers should not be given amnesty, I strongly believe that child soldiers should be given amnesty because they have been brainwashed, forced into the military, and children…show more content…
Children are young and can be vulnerable to new people and ideas. According to a summative essay, “More often than not, children have no say in whether they enlist or not and once recruited the children become brainwashed through the use of drugs and alcohol” (Invisible Children).This is important because brainwashing means that the child loses everything they have ever known and new information is plugged into their brain, but it is not the right information. The drugs and alcohol impair children and make them more vulnerable to their commanders. This means children do not know what they are doing is illegal meaning the child soldiers can be forced to commit more horrible crimes. Another article proving that children have been brainwashed states,”This is how wars are fought now: by children, traumatized, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s.”(Ishmael Beah). The author, Ishmael Beah, embraces in his article that child soldiers have started to depend on drugs and alcohol. That is why the children are committing these horrible atrocities, because they cannot feel emotion or pain from what they are committing. Therefore, child soldiers should be given amnesty because they have been

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