Military use of children Essays

  • Symbolism In A Long Way Gone

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    the rebel soldiers. Their day-to-day life is fall of struggle and grief, wondering if they will ever live to see another day The boys find themselves committing acts they would never have believed themselves capable of, such as stealing food from children. This story embodies a story of survival and the willingness to survive even

  • Child Soldiers Criminals

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    Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel’s article "Children of War", the author addresses the uses of child soldiers as war tools and the long term horrific outcomes that result from it. Akbulut-Yuksel discusses how the effects of using child soldiers during World War II not only had a negative regional affect but negatively affected some aspects of the entire world in regards to "human capital formation, health, and the labor market" (Akbulut-Yuksel). Recently, with the increase in the use of child soldiers as war methods

  • Analysis Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    Ishmael Beah’s novel provides the historian with highly explicit illustrations of child soldier initiated violence. In a general sense, forcing children to commit war crimes was done for educational purposes. It was thought by factional and military leaders that juveniles would immediately become more accustom to death if they spilt the blood of a defenceless man. Beah explains how he “practiced killing the prisoners the way the Lieutenant had

  • Book Report On A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    autobiography written by Ishmael Beah, the book details his childhood throughout the Sierra Leon civil war. The book shows how you can turn an innocent child into a killing machine. We see both sides of the warring party do this with them drugging the children, turning them against the enemy with propaganda and threatening them with death. These are the factors that made a quarter of all the soldiers within this war under the age of eighteen. Both the RUF and the Sierra Leone Army threatened anyone who

  • Brainwashing Child Soldiers

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    years, child soldiers (kids under the age of 18 who are forced into the military) have been forced into battle and brainwashed to obey orders. They are usually brainwashed with drugs or alcohol in order to do something they wouldn’t normally do. There is an advantage to brainwashing child soldiers for the commanders, the commanders can order the child to kill anyone even innocent civilians. Because of poverty these children thought that enlisting would lead to a better and safer life, unfortunately

  • A Long Way Gone Literary Analysis

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    fighting for the Sierra Leone Armed Services at the age of twelve. Like Beah, thousands of other children are utilized, as soldiers because they are the most valued agents for both the army and rebel groups, despite the availability to

  • A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah Summary

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    Thousands and thousands, of children in the Middle East and Africa, are being used as soldiers where it is needed. These children kill others and do things that no other child should have to do. People wonder if child soldiers should be given amnesty or not. The issue of child soldiers came to worldwide attention when Ishmael Beah published his book A Long Way Gone, which was based on what happened while he was a child soldier. A child soldier is someone under the age of eighteen and who is used

  • Child Soldiering Effects

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    child soldiering is the worst form of child labor. The United Nations Children 's Fund (UNICEF) defines child soldiers as "any child—boy or girl—under eighteen years of age, who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity." (UNICEF, Children and Armed Conflict, 2003). It is estimated that 250,000 children are fighting in wars all over the world. From ages as young as 8 years old, these children have to fight in wars that they most likely know nothing about. Young

  • Should Child Soldiers Be Prosecuted For Their Crimes Essay

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    Many young children under aged have been taken in by the government. They are being held captive tell they are drugged enough and brainwashed to go out and kill or to be killed. They are forced to train to kill under the influence of drugs and they are hardly aware of what they or doing. Child soldiers should be given amnesty because of the absents of their minds and them not being able to process what they are doing. These children are often seen as targets because they are under aged and not able

  • Book Review Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    After that, Ishmael and his group of friends arrived at a village guarded by army soldiers and joined the army. The lieutenant chose several boys to fight in the war. Ishmael and his friends were chosen. They were taught how to shoot a gun and other military exercises. Their first mission was to ambush a group of rebels. During the ambush, many people from both sides died, including Musa. Also, during this battle, Ishmael killed several rebels. He started to know what is was like to

  • Analysis Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    male child soldiers was Ishmael Beah who fought in the civil war in Sierra Leone. Ishmael Beah later wrote a novel titled A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier in 2007. In this novel, Beah describes his personal experiences in a nonconventional military unit and its affects it had physically and mentally. The grave detail of the novel enables the readers to fully understand the seriousness of this phenomenon. Beah experienced many life changing events in his life beginning at the age of twelve.

  • Themes Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beal

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    Sierra Leone became corrupt, and marked by political assassination, and mismanagement. The corrupt government is also responsible for the exploitation of Sierra Leones resources, in particularly the diamond resource. The unstable government would later use the diamonds as a source of funding for the civil war, these diamonds would later be known as “blood

  • Themes Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    In “ A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” written by Ishmael Beah, Ishmael recalls moments in his life where he experienced servere pain, felt distress and depression. The book expresses many themes including: “war is terrible” and “there is always love and friendship”. Ishmael stuggled to gain back his childhood, which was now filled with war memories, in hopes of starting a new life away from the war. Ishmael thought to himself “This was one of the consequences of the civil war. People

  • Essay On Child Soldiers

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    Child soldiers are children who are below the age of eighteen. Most of them are being dragged into the army by some people killing their families to get revenge. Some of them don't have any food or water so they join the army to get all of that. A lot of children join the army even though that's illegal to do generals still allow children to join the army. Mostly because of their families not being able to afford food or water or their families have been killed and they want to get their revenge

  • Personal Journey In Salva's A Long Walk To Water

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    Throughout his journey he had to endure many scary things that most children would not be able to survive. An example of this from the text is, “Gunfire! Everyone, DOWN! The teacher shouted. Some of the boys moved at once, ducking their heads and hunched over. Others sat frozen, their eyes and mouths open wide Salva covered

  • The Role Of Music In A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    In Ishmael Beah’s personal memoir, A Long Way Gone, music courses through the story quite often. Music is first seen in Ishmael’s peaceful childhood. He and his friends enjoy singing and dancing along to music, in particular, Rap Music. As the story progresses, and the war becomes more prevalent in the young boys lives, rap continues to play a substantial role in their lives, just in a different way. At the end of Ishmael’s life story, there is yet another role that music plays. While music’s symbolism

  • Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    The Road to Becoming a Child Soldier “I am from Sierra Leone, and the problem that is affecting us children is the war that forces us to run away from our homes, lose our families, and aimlessly roam the forests” (Beah 199). The memoir called a long way gone written by Ishmael Beah, is about a boy who lives through the deadly civil war in Sierra Leone. At the start of his story, Ishmael was traveling to a town named Mattru Jong, when the war broke out at his home town. Him and six of his friends

  • Child Soldier Summative Essay

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    but to allow them to take you as you wonder if you will ever live to see you family again. Many children

  • Dog Eat Dog World Ishmael Beah Analysis

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    Language Arts January 23rd 2017 The inability for recovery from being a child soldier How do you think a child would react if you have them a gun, and thrust them into an active war zone? The answer, not well, simply because they are still children and children are not properly equipped to deal with the harsh realities of war. Simply put there are child soldiers in Sierra Leone that are being kidnapped and thrust out into a war zone, not equipped for the atrocities they are about to witness. But you

  • Summary Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    moved in with the only surviving family he had, his uncle. Ishmael’s unique experience and his success in rehabilitation was causation for him to be selected to represent Sierra Leone in the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s conference on children affected by war. During the conference in New York City Ishmael met Laura Simms, one of the facilitators for the