Child Soldiers In War

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Never the Same There are more than 200,000 child soldiers in Africa alone. What if it was your children participating in a war? A child soldier is any person under the age of 18 who is a member of an armed force or political group. Many are abducted or recruited by force, and often compelled to follow orders under threat of death. Others join armed groups out of desperation. Child Soldiers are not morally responsible for the acts they commit during wars because they are drugged up, are given no choice, and brainwashed. First, child soldiers are so drugged up on weed and cocaine that they have no real understanding of what they are really doing. According to Institute for War and Peace Reporting, “Child soldiers are drugged by militia leaders. They become violent and addicted...” The fact that children under the age of 20 are being forced to take hard core…show more content…
Child Slave Labor news tells us that, “the children start to become numb to the wrongs that… it becomes so natural, they don’t even recognize the atrocious crimes they are committing.” Most of these children don’t want to be a part of these wars, so the militias they are fighting for have to resort to despicable acts, like torturing the kids into believing their cause. Some of them probably won’t ever be able to forget the acts they commit, and that’s if they even get out of the conflict alive. All over the world children have been involved in wars and conflicts for hundreds of years, but that needs to change. Using drugs, having no choice and being brainwashed are just some of the factors that make child soldiers not morally responsible for their actions. The number of child soldiers is increasing every day; we can help to stop the violence by writing letters to our lawmakers, or by raising money so these children can be extracted from the violence. There is so much we can do to help, all you have to do is get up and just do

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