The Dangers Of Child Soldiers

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The world is not perfect. People experience death, torture, and poverty. They cry for help, yet the people who are in need are children. Around the world, children are forced to kill innocent people. Children become tools of destruction not of their own will. In fact, the civil war occurring in South Sudan not only consists of battles between armed men and rebels, but the war also involves around the use of child soldiers ("Terrifying Lives of Child Soldiers [analysis]”). Child soldiers are forced out of their homes and are given a gun. They are taught how to pull a trigger and are sent to battle. Children are not adults, and the use of child soldiers must not be allowed. Instead of facing child labor, receiving trauma, experiencing abuse, …show more content…
“Child soldiers are actually preferred by some army commanders because they are easier to manage and manipulate than adults” (Miller, Sarah Rose). They do not have the experience of older adults and are unable to make decisions. Therefore, they do not question the actions of their leaders and disobey orders unlike older soldiers. This obedience eventually leads children to have the higher possibility to carry out suicide missions, because they are mentally weak and do not think abstractly (Miller, Sarah Rose). Under the circumstances of being controlled and having no formal education, even if child soldiers return to society, they are likely to have learning difficulties. Learning difficulties are due to their intellectual developments being affected by war, and former child soldiers struggle to study and learn new social skills ("Psychosocial Problems Of Child Soldiers”). They do not know how to interact with society and understand the importance of communication. Former child soldiers are also illiterate which is why they attend school, so the former soldiers can someday belong to the working society. Living the life of a soldier creates a pathway for controlled children to have difficulties with education once they return to their …show more content…
Child soldiers are not given the choice to decide for themselves. When the young soldiers are exposed to murder, destruction, and torture, they become used to a violent environment, as their logical thinking and problem-solving skills are overshadowed by ideology. The child soldiers begin to react to their surroundings rather than think about their environment and act similar to a perfect killing machine (“Psychosocial Problems Of Child Soldiers”). For instance, “Taliban child soldiers have been describes as looking like "they 're in a trance; they rock back and forth; it 's as if they 're reciting things that they have been programmed to recite"’ (Rosen, David M). The child soldiers may have the appearance of being human, but they are not independent humans who can control their own lives. They are machines who nod at their commanders’ orders and proceed with their missions. On the other hand, even if the child soldiers were not perfect killing machines, they would still obey the orders of their commanders because of fear. Terror grows inside the hearts of the young soldiers due to excessive death threats from the other soldiers ("Terrifying Lives of Child Soldiers [analysis]”). They are continuously told by their commanders to either follow the army’s demands or die. In brief, whether they are machines or not, child soldiers lose their individuality to

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