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.
Both the Janissaries and the modern child soldiers share similar circumstances of their respective recruitment. Both Janissaries and modern child soldiers were recruited through the kidnapping of children, but also included children who joined willfully for a handful of other reasons. Many did so to escape an abusive household, generate a little money, or fight for a cause they strongly believe in, so not every member was attained through malicious means. Both were taught to use weapons at an early age, and they have been effective at killing because of it. Child soldiers, whether the Janissaries or the modern ones, were risking their lives for a cause they might not even believe in.
As stated in an informational article on differing opinions about child soldiers, “Most children are forcibly recruited and even when they enlist they may not have thought carefully about their decisions or made an informed choice.” This shows how many children are kidnapped from their homes to join a corrupt army, and forced to endure the hardships of war at such a young age. They can not be held accountable for acts that they were forced into, and the only logical outcome in this argument is that all child soldiers are given amnesty. Although it can be argued that there are quite a few child soldiers that made the conscious decision to join the army, these soldiers were often misinformed, and only seeking to enlist for the offer of food, protection and a place to live after possibly losing their family and home to the raging war. Choice is an important thing, and once it is taken away, you cannot convict a person as if they still had that option to
But people state that this is their fault. Child soldiers should be granted amnesty, and should not be prosecuted in the court. Their leaders should be prosecuted, not the underage youths that are a slave to their commander's demands. First and foremost, a child depends on their parents to put a roof over their head, and food and water in their stomachs. Yet, when they are slaughtered in front of one’s innocent eyes, one depends on their commander, for food, water, and a house.
Lewis attributes Theodore’s homosexuality to the childhood trauma that he experiences as a prisoner of the banditti. The criminal organization asserts a tyrannical position over Theodore and his family, distorting his perceptions of social relationships. Marguerite, Theodore’s mother, describes the extent of their imprisonment by stating “flight was forbidden: My Children were in the power of Baptiste, and He had sworn that if I attempted to escape, their lives should pay for it” (Lewis 108). Although the banditti forces Theodore into confinement and obedience, his mother strives to “plant those principles, which might enable him to avoid the crimes of his Parents” (Lewis 109). Theodore rejects the behavior that led his mother to her desperate position by growing into a virtuous and honorable adolescent; however, the trauma he experiences during his childhood has lasting effects.
In the aftermath of the bloody coup d'etat of September, 1973, rape of detained women by their military jailors was common. Cigarette-butt and cattle-prod treatment to "jar the memories" of detainees of both sexes occurred over and over again. They were then set free (but blacklisted) or instead just shot and squirreled away somewhere, far from public
Their anger and shame along with their past sexual failures lead them to doing horrendous acts. For instance Cholly’s first sexual intercourse with Darlene, which he is forced to continue having sex with her under the order of men with guns, leaves him humiliated and enraged which later turns into hatred towards the opposite sex. Cholly’s hatred and shame later results in raping and impregnating his own daughter Pecola. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services survey in 2012 for %80 of juvenile victims, the perpetrator was a parent. Every child thinks their father is invincible, so what happens when this invincible god-like figure of a child sexually assaults them one day to feel empowered?
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.
These interrogation techniques left the fourteen men with serious mental issues. Nine of the remaining “Guinea Pigs” have recently enlisted the help of the Irish Government in their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the British Government that stress positions, white noise and threats to kill are recognised forms of torture. The case contests that the British Army broke the Human Rights Act when torturing these men. (Gallagher,
One reason would be that the fact that it lead to children having to fight at a young age and the second reason would be that it lead to many fatalities and groups turning on eachother. But on a side note the reasons for these were because of obligation and necessities. Starting off with the first reason for the claim war leads to negative things that children had to fight at a young age is supported when “Armed and Underage” By Jeffrey Gettleman states,