These numbers do not include the 1.3 million displaced Africans and more than 40,000 rapes that are increasing with each passing breath. Ishmael Beah, an African who was once a part of one of the many civil wars inside Africa has a perspective of war that no other, author or producer has ever been able to reproduce in the way Ishmael Beah has done. With the creation of his memoir “A Long Way Gone” Ishmael has told the world about the cruelties and injustices committed upon boy soldiers. The attributes that Ishmael Beah uses in his memoir “A Long Way Gone” are simple. The personal bond that Ishmael creates between himself and the audience makes Ishmael a profound and unique storyteller.
Physical pain is a primary ‘stereotypical’ effect of war which most people understand of being the broad result of war. The contributed factors which build-up these assumptions of physical pain of the soldiers in Vietnam is the environment. Due to their long services endured in the humid tropical monsoon jungles the soldiers were prone to diseases. Many of which were transmittable to others. If the diseases from the filthy jungle floor did get them it would be the communist’s fired shots from one end to the other.
How does Owen portray the horrors of war in Dulce et Decorum Est? “Sweet and honourable it is, to die for one’s country” World War I was an abominable ordeal that shocked the world, caused over 16 million people to lose their lives and millions more to suffer for years. Wilfred Owen has described so horrifically the horrors of war, each one seems to grow in significance until everything blurs together into a foul and futile torment that will haunt the dreams of every man for all their lives. Throughout the poem Owen attempts to eliminate the misconception that it is “sweet and honourable... to die for one’s country”, as the title of the poem suggests, through his use of vivid imagery, descriptive language and first person narrative. In the first stanza, Owen presents the idea that the personal struggles faced every moment on the front line are extremely underestimated, immeasurably terrifying and “obscene”.
Dehumanization is a huge issue in 1933 and still is today. It is an act of inhumanity and cruelty. A boy by the name of Ishmael Beah, age 13, describes his dangerous and courageous story as a child soldier in the middle of a civil war in Sierra Leone. As a result of dehumanization, children are forced to give up their childhood, freedom and innocence to fight in a war that is not theirs to fight in. In telling his story, Ishmael describes the overall brutality to children, the insanity of the rebels and the ruthlessness of the Sierra Leone government.
You can see where a problem would arise here. The pilots would have no idea who they are dropping their bombs on, just what coordinates it is. Bombs were dropped on US soldiers everyday but more vital, local South Vietnamese. America might not have understood at the time but they were the biggest recruiter for their own enemy. Every village destroyed, brother killed, livestock murdered.
The new weapon napalm was used to burn villages many lives in Vietnam were lost as they were in South Africa. Both countries were both ruins and its people were angry as is shown in the language of the two poems. Both these poems are full of bitterness. The black poet who wrote Nothing’s Changed uses a vicious irony “we know where we belong” to show that he feels blacks and whites will never truly reconcile. His pent - up rage is expressed again in the final stanza “ Hands burn for a stone, a bomb to shiver down the glass”.
Trench warfare Trench warfare is where rival armies dug themselves a trench, in order to protect themselves from gun fire from side. Life in the Trenches during World War 1 was terrible. Conditions were disgusting, the first thing a new recruit would notice was the smell, rotting bodies barely buried under the ground, men who hadn’t washed in weeks because there were no facilities for them to use. Although these smells were repulsive, new recruits soon got used to them and contributed to it with their own bodily odour. Disease and infection was very common in these conditions.
Does true courage always require putting something that is very important to us at risk? Sounds of shooting, shouts and cries of agony shutter the air. Land flies into the sky and comes down like rain. Blood and oil stain the ground. A recruit lies half-bleeding on enemy’s territory not able to move a muscle.
Overview From 1991–2002, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) waged an insurrection that ravaged the tiny West African nation of Sierra Leone. The conflict created over 2 million refugees and completely destroyed much of the country's infrastructure. Initially, the RUF appeared to be fighting for the country's rural poor, but it quickly lost sight of its founding goals and began a brutal war of terror against ordinary Sierra Leoneans. Villages were burned, women raped, and children gunned down. Many of those who were captured had their hands and feet hacked off by machetes (there were an estimated 100,000 victims of mutilation), and others were forced to work as slaves in the country's diamond mines.
This incredible war story shows us that, even though they display great bravery and valour in battle, the only thing young men who fight in wars accomplish is an early death. The novel talks about many soldiers dying. So many of these soldiers are dead, that in the trenches they can smell the stench of rotting flesh, as the dead men often do not get buried. Those young men lying out in No Man’s Land, unburied, all went to war for the same reason, to prove that they were brave, not cowardly, and to fight for their country. All they end up doing though is becoming another casualty, another statistic, dying in a war that had no real reason.