Pros And Cons Of Child Soldiers

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Stolen Youth What comes to mind when you hear the words ¨Child Soldiers”? Do you think of a child with soldier abilities? Maybe you even think of children who never give up and are true fighters. Child soldiers are children who are conscripted to become a part of armed forces by force. Inside the borders of Afghanistan having children participate in combat is a reality for the civilians and children. In Afghanistan many children are being recruited to join armed groups. The children are being taken from their parents as young as eight years old and they are trained to use guns and fight in warfare. Recruiting child soldiers is a disadvantage in Afghanistan because it violates the children's human rights. First, the children of Afghanistan are forced to become soldiers and serve armed groups. Next, children are given menacing positions in…show more content…
Children have many helpful assets, “They´re small enough to transport easily in large numbers, yet big enough to handle modern lightweight arms, and heavy enough also to set off landmines so adults can safely follow. They have no real sense of fear and, when indoctrinated young enough, their capacity for loyalty and barbarism exceeds that of adults¨ (¨Why Children are horrifically good soldiers¨ 1). On the other hand, the children suffer as a result of being soldiers. For one, many child soldiers do not attend school, “Around 16 million children across the region are out of school” (Number of Child soldiers in Middle East ‘doubles in a year’” 1). The children also suffer physically from the warfare injuries they receive, “Over the last ten years, two million children have been killed in conflict. Over one million have been orphaned, over six million have been seriously injured or permanently disabled and over ten million have been left with serious psychological trauma” (Children in Conflict: Child Soldiers”

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