Speech On Child Soldiers

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Imagine yourself as a child soldier. You, a tiny young child being forced with weapons in your bare hands. You hear the loud cries of children and the screaming of fellow child comrades. Sweat rolls down your face. Your commander, shouting and yelling for you to get on the battlefield. The pressure is on. One extremely scared boy named Ishmael Beah had faced this traumatizing experience. Ishmael Beah was a child soldier from Sierra Leone that had entered the United States in 1998. At age 11, there was a major civil war going on and Ishmael Beah was forced to fight in this devastating war. Around the world, about 40% of armed forces use children and shape them up into child soldiers. These children are under a lot of pressure into fighting in the war and have no idea what to do. Even if they tried to escape, they would have neither food nor families to protect them or give them shelter. No parents. No family. Just war. Child soldiers should be given amnesty because children are not responsible for their actions, their brains are not fully developed, and the main idea shouldn’t be to prosecute them but to rehabilitate them so they can fit in with society. First of all, child soldiers should be given amnesty because these children are being forced into fighting harsh wars and therefore they should not be responsible for their actions. “While the number of conflicts involving child soldiers has dropped since 2004 from [age] 27 to 15, human-rights experts estimate that more

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