“Alas the Afghanistan of our youth is long dead. Kindness is gone from the land and you cannot escape the killings.” Hassan’s words from Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner aptly sum up the sorrows of the civilians caught up in the middle of war, watching their countries and their lives dissolve before their very eyes. Political warfare does not mean only violence but consequently changes the psychology of a society. The leadership in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq constantly changes hands, and this constant state of change creates emotional, physical and mental turmoil in society of a degree one cannot fathom without having been in a similar situation. The Taliban defeated the Northern Alliance and took over Kabul in 1998, people
Out of most deaths, it looks like Tim is more impacted by Sam’s than any other. Tim is outraged that Sam is being blamed and punished for something he didn’t do just to discipline the other soldiers.Sam is accused of stealing his own cattle and is sentenced to be executed by his own side; Tim watches the execution full-heartedly, in sadness, and he even yells out during the execution, “ ‘Don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him’ and at that moment Sam slammed backwards as if he was hit by a mallet” (208). Those were Tim’s final words that Sam could here before being blasted. Sam’s passing is as ironic a death you could write for Sam because Tim expected Sam to die, if he were to die in war, in battle and have a glory story with many telling points. Tim’s expectations were not the case; instead Sam dies by being accused incorrectly of stealing his own cattle to teach other troops a lesson about how serious war is.
Unfortunately, he was unable to see his family due to rebels attacking. His mental state was heavily damaged at that point. Waiting years to see your family again just to see them killed is truly depressing. When Ishmael started to train as a boy soldier, he soon became determined to avenge his family. This is shown when the lieutenant was brainwashing Ishmael, telling them to kill the one that killed their family.
They have to watch as their friends are killed right in front of them. It takes so much strength to not just fight but to keep going. In 1939 World War Two started. It was caused by people being killed for their religion, for their disabilities, and for their customs. It took so much strength for not only the soldiers to fight but also the people in the concentration camps.
Many murders surround a husband or wife who can’t bear the thought of their spouse leaving them, but what about the children? Long Beach mail carrier, Joseph Warren Duer (5/5/1895-1/10/1929), suffocated his two baby daughters in their bed rather than surrender their custody to his wife of four years. Had Joseph Duer hated his wife Dorothy so much that he would kill his children rather than let them be with their mother? It was a well thought out act, authorities surmised. Investigators believed Duer used some sort of an anesthetic to kill the children, Dorothy (12/20/1926-1/9/1929), age 2½ years, and Charlotte (3/10/1928-1/9/1929), age 9 months.
Sai Seng, a child soldier in Burma recalls, “I felt pity on my friend [a captured deserter] so I hit him lightly, and the NCO came and said, ‘Don't hit like that, hit like this’ and hit me, and then made me hit my friend again. Three sections [150 recruits] had already beaten him by then, and he was crying... He died that night… he was 18” So, child soldiers, even if they are technically adults, are victims of severe abuse from the moment they enter the
They suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Price cannot cope with the fact that she lost her hand and feels miserable going about her daily professional and domestic chores with anger and frustration. Aiken is haunted by the woman he shot back in Iraq and irritated by his ex-girlfriend rejection. Dr. Marsh is troubled by the work he did one day when his camp was attacked by mortar shells. He amputated six arms and legs in three hours and witnessed the death of four soldiers.
A promise to go to war is an action in itself. A promise to kill a person who committed regicide, and a promise to save thousands of warriors. All carry the personal importance that ate them alive. Hamlets severe inability to kill Claudius made him despise himself, made him despise the bravery he lost therefore breaking a vow to himself. Moreover, Henrys fear to go back to the front line ate his bravery up and proceeded to spit it out in the form of a vulnerable man playing sick to avoid the war that plagued the world.
Hundreds of children are forced to put in the army but some kids join on their own and suffer years and when they try to come out they come out worse than when they joined. They come out with broken bones or even missing body pieces, some kids don't even make it back out they die or they kill them before even starting war. Poverty kills children and also eventually kills family because of the children dying, the government doesn't care about children but they do care about winning a war. “Special attention will be given to the young women and girls, who are likely to have suffered sexual abuse, so that they can rejoin their communities without the stigma associated with such abuse.” young women suffer more than male soldiers, females are abused sexually and are thrown back to there
But that bond can have a high price. War kills soldiers, tearing them from family; it kills innocent people, just trying to survive. People are brutal, whether it be a harsh commander with deathly penalties, or even a rude soldier, demanding supplies or a roof from a civilian. Many think war is not the only way, there can be a peaceful solution. Two such people are the authors of My Brother Sam is Dead, James and Christopher Collier.