Child Soldiers In War

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Jal started off as a soldier at the age of seven, where he would continuously be beaten and trained to forget his family and everything he once knew. He would be trained to never be caught of guard in case the enemy came and would go through harsh training everyday to become a good soldier. Jals situation isn’t uncommon in fact there are 300,000 child soldiers that are active around the world. Even though some of these child soldiers joined in the war to avenge their families most child soldiers are drawn into the war because they are left in destitution or because they were kidnapped by their commanders. If they don’t listen to their commanders they will get punished or even worse killed. This issue has caused people to be uncertain about …show more content…
Notwithstanding what others might say child soldiers should be given amnesty because they were forced into the war,or they were coerced by their commanders to stay a child soldier.

A child is defined as any person under the age of 18 years in Article 1 of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.- Human Rights Etc. There is approximately 300,000 child soldiers worldwide. Child soldiers should be given amnesty and not be prosecuted for their crimes because some most child soldiers are coerced to stay and manipulated by their commanders. According to the article,”Stolen Kids Turn Into Terrifying Killers,” kids are very susceptible to their commanders. It says,” They are easy to manipulate and will do the unspeakable without question or protest, partly because their morals and value systems are not yet fully formed, she said” (O’Neill,2007). This demonstrates how kids are very easily able to do what they are told by their leaders especially when it means that they won’t get punished by getting beat or starved. Not only will they not suffer terrible consequences if they do what they are told, but most of the time they are not sane while they are committing these heinous murders mostly because they are on
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Child soldiers have to do what they are told in order to survive. Not only are child soldiers easy to manipulate but they are also brainwashed or put into the situation where they will have to become a soldier if they don’t want their families to die. They are put in the kill or be

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