The Issue About Child Soldiers Essay

872 Words Mar 20th, 2009 4 Pages
How and why children are used in conflict
Ways in which their human rights are being abused

Child soldiers is a serious issue worldwide, there are about 300,000 children as young as nine years old involved in armed conflicts all around the globe today. This problem is most critical in Africa; however children are also used as soldiers in various Asian countries, parts of Latin America, Europe and Middle East. Children are used as child soldiers mostly by non government armed groups for many different reasons. Conditions are usually very harsh for the child soldiers and discipline is kept by brutal punishment. Life is very dangerous and characterized by a great amount of hard work in an environment that lack food, drinking water and no
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The leader of the LRA Joseph Kony uses children to fight the Uganda government because children are easy to recruit or abducted, they are cheap to keep, easy to brain wash and shape them to your will, with the development of easy-to-use and light weight weapon children can be just as effective as adults and can be pushed into carrying out certain tasks.
Joseph Kony thinks using children as soldiers to fight for the LRA against the Uganda government is positive and what is right. He thinks this because he believes the war he is fighting against the Uganda government is a holy war that was approved by god.

The uses of child soldiers in armed groups are an abuse to the children’s basic rights. By forcefully abducting children to fight in the army is abusing the children’s right to free education, to play and recreation. Children who joined the army have no opportunity both at present and in future to gain an education, which will enable them to have the ability to contribute into the society in the future and broke the poverty cycle of the country. The childhood’s memories for these child soldiers will be terrible and horrifying due to living under constant fear and force to witness and experience the harsh, violent and brutal side of life causing them to be more mature than other children. Another right of the children being abused is the right to love, understanding and protection. Under such horrifying conditions children do

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