Why Are Child Soldiers Wrong

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Most children at the age of ten are kicking soccer balls, shooting nerf guns, or watching movies with their families. For child soldiers this is not the case. Many child soldiers are physically and mentally tortured, shooting AK-47’s, and forced to kill their families, or watch them be beaten. These atrocities take place in Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and in many other countries. It is estimated that more than 200,000 child soldiers are fighting, usually against their will (DoSomething.org). Child soldiers are victims of war and fighting and should receive help for their traumatic experiences rather than punishment. Many child soldiers are forced to fight, cook, be messengers,…show more content…
Child soldiers are just like child criminals and some volunteer to fight. NBC News states in an interview with child soldier, Ahmed, ”he found out ISIS 's offer of amnesty came with conditions. After returning to eastern Syria, he was ordered to "repent" by going an ISIS indoctrination school.” This quote is showing that Ahmed willing went back to ISIS, thus he should be punished because he knew what he was getting himself into. Despite the fact that he willingly went back, another quote from NBC specifies that, “He says special attention was given to boys like him for brainwashing.” This quote shows that he was unaware that he would not be receiving protection, but was actually being brainwashed. Many children that volunteer themselves to help in the war are lured in by lies of protection and money (Hanoush). All in all, even if children volunteer, they are later brainwashed, and are not aware of how bad they are actually…show more content…
Children sometimes commit violent acts because they are under the influence of dangerous drugs and alcohol. They are told that the drugs will help them, and should ask no questions about taking them. “We stayed put at the base, and we boys took turns guarding posts around the village. We smoked marijuana and sniffed “brown brown,” cocaine mixed with gunpowder, which was always spread out on a table near the ammunition hut, and of course I took more of the white capsules, as I had become addicted to them” remarked Ishmael Beah at an interview with the New York Times. Another time Beah mentioned, “Sometimes we were asked to leave for war in the middle of a movie. We would come back hours later after killing many people and continue the movie as if we had just returned from intermission. We were always either at the front lines, watching a war movie, or doing drugs. There was no time to be alone or to think.” These two quotes show that he thought the drugs were a normal thing, because that’s what his commanders made him think. Obviously these children are brainwashed into thinking what they are doing is for a greater
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