Essay on Child Soldiers And Their Long Term Development

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Child Soldiers are any children under the age of 18 who are recruited by a state or non-state armed group and used as fighters. In the last 15 years, the user of child soldiers has spread to almost every region of the world and every armed conflict. Deindividuation is thought of as the loss of self-awareness in groups, you basically are losing yourself to some outside force. In one of our readings “Machete Season” Pio explained how he felt that he had let another individual take on his own living appearance, and the habits of my heart, without a single pang in his soul. He also explained how the most serious changes that happened to him with things you could not see, such as his soul and the feelings that go with it. Through the process of deindividuation you begin to lose recognition of who you are. DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration) activities are crucial components of both the initial stabilization of war torn societies as well as their long-term development. Disarmament is the collection, documentation, control, and disposal of any weapons from combatants and often from the civilian population, demobilization is the formal and controlled discharge of combatants from armed forces/groups, and reintegration is the process by which ex-combatants acquire civilian status and gain sustainable employment and income. Restorative justice I believe is the best way to go when it comes to trying to counter child soldiers’ deindividuation and depersonalization. With…

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