Military use of children Essays

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Masculinity In Sierra Leone Gender Analysis

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    male. According to Shepler in Youthscapes, “children are moving from a blunt kind of power to a power legitimated through international structures; one them to take on certain identities”(pg 131). In the case of the child soldiers in Sierra Leone they take on certain identities in order legitimize their masculine power. in ALWG Ishmael Baeh describes how the war processually constructed his masculinity. The war took everything from him and other children which fueled their motivation to join arms

  • Ishmael Beah's Struggles During War

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    The Struggles During Wartime The sierra Leone child soldier survivor Ishmael Beah. He had to deal with the separation of his family at twelve-years old, exposure to guns, violence and starvation,but, the worst of all was when he had to become a killer. One of the many struggles Beah had to deal with when he was a little kid was the exposure to gun and violence. In the book review the author said, “Given rudimentary training, Beah seems then to have gone on a two-year mind-bending killing spree…”(Boyd

  • Summary Of A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah

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    The biography, A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah, tells the story of a thirteen year old boy who spends his childhood being compelled to fight in the civil war in Sierra Leone. Ishmael Beah tries to avoid fighting for the rebels by running from town to town with his friends as the rebels advanced. Finally, his luck runs out and Ishmael Baeh is forced to serve in the civil war for the rebels. The story goes on to describe his horrific childhood as a soldier in Sierra Leone

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Beah Ishmael Character Analysis

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    Mattru Jong, an undeveloped area in southern Sierra Leone. From 1993 all the way to 2001, an enormous civil war broke out in northwest Africa. The war displaced 4.5 million people and recruited over 300,000 child soldiers. Beah was one of the children recruited to fight in the civil war. Throughout the war, tens of thousands of people were massacred. The book Memoirs of a Boy Soldier exhibits how a war can drastically change and affect mass amounts of individuals, manipulating their fragile

  • A Long Way Gone Theme Essay

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    family and love a person can make it through anything. Overall Ishmael’s story is a very powerful, eye opening read; it informs people on a subject that some know little to nothing about, the civil war in Sierra Leone. Beah uses the theme of family and love, along with the use of symbolism and other literary devices, to inform a larger audience of the issues that he and others had to face while trying to survive in a war zone. A Long Way Gone, an autobiographical memoir, written by Ishmael Beah,

  • 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

  • Child Soldiers In The Military

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    As stated in an informational article on differing opinions about child soldiers, “Most children are forcibly recruited and even when they enlist they may not have thought carefully about their decisions or made an informed choice.” This shows how many children are kidnapped from their homes to join a corrupt army, and forced to endure the hardships of war at such a young age. They can not be held accountable for acts that

  • Child Soldiers Case Study

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    it may also be true that these children kill everyday, it is not true that they can just kill their commander or run away. Ishmael Beah, former child soldier, has stated that your commander starts to become a father figure. Pointing a gun on a newfound father figure is not only difficult for adults, it is strenuous for these children. Also, as stated before, these kids may not run away for fear of getting caught. In many child soldier organizations, when these children run away, they are most likely

  • The Responsibility Of Ishmael Beah's Attacks In Sierra Leone

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    and no sign of their families being unscarred from the warfare. Ishmael, and his group of friends sought out to travel to each village seeking out their family. However trouble comes across due to the majority of RUF rebel attacks were caused by children around their age, many villagers had no trust for these kids. Without having a good place for food and shelter these boys resort

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

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    “Each time, Salva would think of his family and his village, and he was somehow able to keep his wounded feet moving forward, one painful step at a time” (Linda Sue Park p.41) A personal journey is what a character goes through to change or improve themselves. The character Salva from A Long Walk to Water was a young boy that lived in the dinka tribe in Sudan. When he was at school he had heard gunshots and had to leave the country without any knowledge of where his family is. A personal journey

  • Essay On A Long Way Gone

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    “The saddest sight these days is the imagine of hundreds of children kidnapped and lured into being child soldiers from the age of eight”(Roger Moore).”A Long Way Gone”was written by Ishmael Beah and published in 2007. As horrible and terrifying the experience was for Ishmael Beah starting in Sierra Leone from a young age,he still had enough courage to publish his own memoir.As a kid Ishmael was a happy child that loved music and dance.While performing rap music with his friends away from home his