Child Soldiers

Topics: Slavery, Military use of children, Armed forces Pages: 3 (1148 words) Published: November 10, 2010
Child Soldiers

Children being forced to kill and commit horrific acts of violence; by forced recruitment in a militia is an ongoing problem worldwide. More than three-hundred thousand children under the age of eighteen fight and die in thirty conflicts worldwide. These children, are denied a real childhood or any real life other then the destruction and death that surrounds them. Most are between the ages of fifteen and eighteen but some go as young as seven. According to the “Child Soldiers Global Report 2008” twenty one countries around the globe had children engage in conflicts between 2004 and 2007. The report also said “ that often children are recruited because of their very qualities as children, they can be cheap, expendable, and easier to condition into fearless killing and unthinkable obedience.” Children are a cheap and plentiful resource for military commanders in need of a steady troop supply to war zones. Their undeveloped ability to assess danger means they are willing to accept more dangerous and difficult tasks or missions that older soldiers will refuse. Children are more impressionable than adults, and depending on their age and background, their value systems and consciences are not fully developed. They hold AK-47s and M-16s on the front lines of these wars, serve as human mine detectors, take part in suicide missions, carry supplies, and act as spies, messengers or lookouts for whatever country they are fighting for. Among the worst countries in the usage of child soldiers in recent years were Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda. They are also child soldiers in Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Uganda, Myanmar (Burma) Sudan, Iraq, Colombia, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Also the United Kingdom, The United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand recruit youths as young as 17. The 2002 Report Child soldiers 1379 by the Coalition to Stop the Use of...
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