The thing is are they victims or are they criminals? Many people think they are victims because they are in war fighting and killing people. Whereas I think child soldiers are victims because most of them are forced and bribed to be a child soldier. The question is what do you think they are? Even though the kids ages eight and eighteen are training, fighting, and carry very powerful guns that could cause destruction.
These children were abducted from their families, and forced to do unimaginable tasks. Unicef.org said “The LRA has waged a decade-long guerilla war in northern Uganda and has abducted nearly 10,000 children to be used as soldiers, porters and sex slaves” (para. 5). These small innocent children were taken from their home towns and villages to carry these hardships on their backs. Combatants are unwillingly forced into battle.
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.
For years they have been the use of children. Children are forced by commanders they promise them false promises. Like drugs and other stuff that are also kill innocent human beings. Over two millions kids have been killed , over one millions orphaned , over six millions have been left in injured or permanently disabled. Also 10 millions kids were diagnosed with psychological trauma.
These children are often time themselves kidnapped from their own homes or off the streets and have nowhere to go but to a recruiting army. Megan Nobert writes in her doctoral dissertation, “Children at War: The criminal responsibility of child soldiers” Although a large number of countries have signed and ratified the UNCRC, very few have actually implemented the document. This failure could be attributed to a lack of resources available to poorer countries of the world, which prevents them from implementing a number of the measures necessary to protect children from poverty, labor, and a life lived on the streets. (Nobert 4) These children that are all alone in search for acceptance and care feel as if the only place they can get it from is recruitment groups. The excerpt below taken from Megan Nobert 's academic journal "Children At War: The Criminal Responsibility Of Child Soldiers provides a first person perspective of the life of a child soldier, one can see that the children are enticed by the realization that they will have a "family" as well as superiors and leaders that will look out for
Due to the uprising, the Janjaweed continued to make their ways through different towns and villages to help make their regime stronger. According to Brenden Koener (2005), the Janjaweed would “inhabited by members of the African tribes from which the rebel armies draw their strength—the Zaghawa, Masalit, and Fur tribes.” The Sudan government support the Janjaweed group in killing black Africans that are predominantly largest in the Darfur region. The group have killed more than 30,000 people in the first year of the war. The government helping a group like the Janjaweed to terrorize the people is disgusting and has gotten many attentions around the world. The United Nations heard of the action that is being done to the people and stated that the action is inhuman.
This quote came from a 19-year-old south Sudanese girl. After fleeing her home due to the violence, she and thousands of others are trapped at camps where civilians are supposedly held “safely”. Men and women live in constant fear at these camps, knowing that at any moment, the army of the opposing ethnicity could at any time come and raid their camp and murder hundreds of people. “South Sudan’s civil war is supposed to be over. In April, after more than two years of conflict that killed tens of thousands of people, the opposition leader, Riek Machar, returned to Juba with nearly 1,400 troops to resume his post as the vice president to his wartime rival, President Salva Kiir.”(Fortin New York Times).
The country is known for its excessive use of children as soldiers. As told by foreignpolicy.com, “Approximately two hundred and fifty thousand children under the age of eighteen are thought to be fighting in conflicts around the world. In Pakistan, a disturbing number of suicide bombers are between twelve and eighteen years old, about ninety percent.” These children soldiers can be used as suicide bombers, sexual bait, messengers and spies. There are even reports of children under the age of ten being forced to become a child soldier. But, some children do willingly join the armed forces in order to work for their country.
Their minds become numb and they fall into a trance. These children will do anything that their superiors tell them, even if it shooting other humans with a gun that just as large as you. They also have to resort to killing truck-drivers to get supplies that they need. This is outrageous, and is an
The ultimate reason that was stated was violence, 320,000 people were killed which frightened the refugees. The mass flight of refugees will keeping growing when the war in Syria and Iraq keeps happening. In statistics, 4.6 million Syrians are refugees of which 6.6 million are moving out of Syria and half of them are children.”(World Vision Staff, April