Child Soldiers Essay

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Imagine a young, innocent, 11 year old boy. Now imagine a young, innocent, 11 year old boy with a military personnel helmet on twice the size of his head, holding an automatic rifle that is almost the same size as his frail little body. Imagine this boy looking left, right, up, down, and all he sees is blood, bullets flying, and dead bodies all around. All he hears is the sound of gunfire and screaming voices, trembling as he runs and hides in fear of his life. What is going through this child’s young mind? The young boy is frightened and a grown man is running at him with ill intentions written all over his face. The child gets scared, boom, and pulls the trigger. Now our imagination can no longer see a young, innocent, 11 year old boy. Instead, …show more content…
Any person under the age of 18 recruited or forced to participate in military affairs is considered a child soldier. Though the exact number is unknown, thousands of children are illegal soldiers fighting in wars in Libya, Mexico, Iraq, and countless other countries. In the past 13 years, the use of child soldiers has been implemented in almost every area of the world (dosomething.org); thus, more and more children are used in armed conflict. The use of child soldiers is cruel, inhumane and needs to be stopped. The ongoing use of children in war will drastically change the world as we know …show more content…
The ones who are blessed to leave the battlefield are torn down physically and unstable mentally. They have no hopes, no dreams, no plans of the future, and no other way of life besides war. They return home and like a rock thrown in a pond, they spread what they have experienced; starting with those closest to them on to the rest of the people. The problem is one rock (child soldier) is not thrown into the pond (go home) at a time, multiple rocks are thrown in at the same time, constantly. This causes the ripple effect to spread faster because more and more children are or have been child soldiers. If the children who are the future are instilled with the ideas, images, and principles of war than it will be passed down from generation to generation; creating a ripple effect of people who live in a world where war is the only thing you know, live, and die for. Who wants to live in a society like

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