Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What Are Child Soldiers?

Child Soldiers are children under the age of eighteen who are taken away from their families and forced to participate in the combat of war. They are easily manipulated because of their young age - some are taken at the mere age of six! They are forced to kill not only enemies, but sometimes each other. This is a time when should be playing at home or going to school, but instead they are fighting and being used as 'human shields'.

It's a very disturbing thought. As 'human shields' they are forced to stand in front of their country's adult army. And that's it; they just stand there. They do this because most people have enough of a heart to not shoot at a young child. It's a cruel form of manipulation - you must choose between not firing/fighting at all or shooting a child to get to your REAL enemy.
They even go so far in some countries that they use children to clear landmines. So basically, they send them across a field and the children step on the bombs to the adults don't have to die. How can they live with themselves? Going across a field with dead children on it - knowing that they're the cause for it too...

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