By: Ralia Lahlou
March 2nd, 2012
The Beginning of the Change
From the first day, something about these innocent eyes filled with hatred inspired me to write. These eyes are those of a child soldier. Before starting this project, I did not think much of children fighting in wars, but as the research got deeper and my understanding of their situation more thorough, this project became much more than a simple task I had to accomplish. I felt close to these people as they are usually around my age, and some are even younger than me. I am aware of these precious years that make up our childhood and our teenage years. It is during this time in our lives where we discover whom we truly are and what we wish to do with our lives. Being deprived of these crucial years makes it almost impossible for one to grow and start one’s life. These children began their trip into hell when they were abducted by the militia or in some cases even the army. They are then forced to commit horrendous acts in order to harden them and to gain the militia’s trust. Many are forced to slaughter their parents so that even if they want to escape from the militia, they are too ashamed to return home. The militia hurts these child soldiers to the deepest of their beings, and hurts them physically as well. In Sierra Leone, it was reported that limbs were cut off and order to inflict pain on the child and to scare away any NGO’S or the government. This idea of a child holding a gun taller than himself is what inspired me to write my genres. The genres I chose for this particular topic helped me widen my ideas on child soldiers. My persuasive essay went against what I believed as I was trying to prove why child soldiers were a positive thing and how the children themselves wanted to fight for their country. This is an aspect we should never forget when researching about something, the other side of the story. This was done to understand fully the topic from every perspective possible. Another genre that changed my view on child soldier was the epistolary, which is a series of letters recounting a story. This epistolary focused on the life of child soldiers once they became adults. It showed me two different aspects, how one can go on with his life as a soldier and become immune to the evil around, and how one can decide to cut short this brutality and start anew.
Table of Contents
Multi-Genre Project Children At War1
Genre: Title Page
The beginning of the change2
Table of Contents3
Genre: Table of Contents
Two Voices, Two Wordls Apart4
Genre: Double Voice Poem
The other side of the story5-8
Genre: persuasive essay
One Family, Two Fates9-13
Descent Into Hell14-17
Genre: diary entries
From Child To Man MakeThe Change Now18-24
Genre: Newsletter and an Ad
A Second Chance25
Two Voices, Two Worlds Apart
I am an American boy.
In the morning, my mom’s gentle kisses awake me.
I’m wearing my new shirt with the red polka dots on it.
I pick up my bag and get ready for yet another day of school.
I have a hard time at school understanding the math.
My days are long and full of work and sports.
Around 5 p.m., I go home and treat myself to a nice snack and start my chores.
Once I am done, I complain about the homework and wonder when I am ever going to use this.
I just had a fight with my mother for breaking a vase, and I am considering running away from her to live with my father.
I wish I were as far away from her as possible.
I wish I had more freedom to...