In the world today, there exist many crimes. Out of those, the one most disturbing and discriminating crime that a man can ever commit is human trafficking. No one would deny the fact that the number of crimes relating to human trafficking is increasing, and it is finally the time to face the truth and deal with it, no more observing, no more spectating, people must do something about it. Even though there have been many reports regarding on human trafficking, I personally consider an issue which children is dragged into armed forces without there will is the most disturbing fact and it is total abomination to a man-kind. As children are vulnerable to adults, it needs to be our jobs to protect them and ensure them the freedom of will instead of take them and use for our own sakes. Kaplan (2005) stated, The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) defines child soldiers as "any child—boy or girl—under eighteen years of age, who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity." But prior to 2002, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Additional Protocols set fifteen as the minimum age for participation in armed conflict. While some debate exists over varying cultural standards of maturity, nearly 80 percent of conflicts involving child soldiers include combatants below the age of fifteen, with some as young as seven or eight( para 1). Child soldier is almost invisible to most of the people in the society, however child soldiers are legion in the world. It is to be noted that the child soldier either sold or exchanged as cheap merchandise, many children cannot escape from this web. Child soldier suffer and may barely survive, the long hours of work, the heavy boarders, the dangerous tools, and the poisonous chemicals etc. The strongest will go on forever bearing the physical and emotional scars of premature soldier. At a time when the children should be at school and preparing for a productive adulthood, young boys and girls are losing their childhood and with the child soldier-ship they are also losing the promises of a better future. It is a well-known fact that child soldiers are much active these days and Renteln (1999) has noted there are approximately 200,000 – 300,000 children are involved in armed conflict. They are victimized in ways that are almost incomprehensible; they are said to be drugged, socialized not to distinguish right from wrong, and sent on suicide missions (page 1). This truly is devastating phenomenon to happen and must be prevented in priority but what makes it hard to do so is that Renteln (1999) remarked “because the vast majority of conflicts are internal to states, this has made the application of international standards more difficult.”(page 1) The real problem rises within the issue of a child soldier is that many regions in the world, numerous countries are involved in using child soldiers, specifically countries that have rebel movements among the citizens. According to Human Rights Watch, and its article Child Soldiers World Wide (2012) noted the recruitment and usage of children as soldiers have been witnessed in, at least 14 countries. It is surprising to see the, even though it is an approximate figure, numbers of horrible and discriminating countries which are abusing the rights and abilities of unlimited potentials children have, and use their innocent and vulnerable characteristics for the means of armed forces, militia, or rebellions.
Mozambique, a country which armed conflict lasted almost for 30 years, is one of the notorious country known for its usage of children as combatants in war. Boothby, N., Crawford, J., & Halperin, J. have recorded in
Child Soldiers: A Detestable Phenomenon Marc Gilker
Child Soldiers: A Detestable Phenomenon
Conflict affects every person on the planet, whether it is a smaller conflict, such as at home or in the workplace, or a large conflict like War between two nations, it is safe to say every person on Earth has been affected by some sort of conflict. Civil War’s have been occurring throughout history, and the issue I am going to be discussing in this paper is, the use of child soldiers in civil and…
September 24, 2013
Child Soldier Rehabilitation
“We went from children who were afraid of gunshots to now children who were gunshots.” - Ishmael Beah, former child soldier.
The conscription of child soldiers happens all around the world and their degree of use is internationally sanctioned at varying grades of acceptability. The combat usages of children are authorized in some countries despite the practice being highly unethical. Up to half of the world’s child soldiers are in Africa and as many…
In conflicts throughout the world “two million [child soldiers] have been killed, over one million orphaned, over six million have been left seriously injured or permanently disabled and over 10 million have been diagnosed with psychological trauma” over just the past ten years (Invisible Children). Not everyone will be familiar with the issue of the use of child soldiers in wars across the world. Universally, child soldiers are generally frowned upon for use in combat for being inhumane and barbarous…
Rights Conference on Child Soldiers
“The night they came I was hidden in my school. As I was the youngest, they forced me to guide them to my family’s hideouts. One of them tried to escape. They forced us to club him to death and slaughter him. They put his remains in a bag and left it on the path.”
Good afternoon distinguished guests. This account derives from Nacy, a 6-year-old girl from Uganda, and one of the estimated 300,000 children conscripted as Child Soldiers. This international…
More than 9,000 child soldiers have been fighting in South Sudan's brutal civil war, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said.
There are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today.
As part of their recruitment, children are sometimes forced to kill or maim a family member - thus breaking the bonds with their community and making it difficult for them to return home.
It is estimated that 40% of all child soldiers are girls. They are often used as 'wives'…
How much does the average American know about Child Soldiers? The use of Child
Soldiers was brought to awareness to Americans in the mid90’s. Child Soldiers are being used
because the lack of leaders wanting to spend money.It just happens to be cheaper taking children
away from their familes and use them as a Child Soldier, as compared to hiring and paying an
adult. The countries that currently still use Child Soldiers include: Columbia, Congo, India,
Iraq,Israel ,Thailand ,Somalia ,Sudan…
Scott Michaels 3/14/12
“The most precise definition of a child soldier was produced at a conference of scholars and representatives of various child-protection agencies, organized in 1997 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Convening in Cape Town, South Africa, the group developed the so-called Cape Town Principles, which define a child soldier as anyone under eighteen ‘who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force’ in any capacity, including cooks…
Child Soldiers in Somalia
Over the course of many years the now “illegal” slavery has gotten much worse throughout the world. Beate Andress said, “We must ensure that the number of victims does not rise during the current economic crisis.” We all must stop the growth of slavery before it gets any worse. Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor into jobs that they can’t leave. The most populated type of labor throughout the world is in the sex industry. Out of 1,000 people worldwide…
resulted on child soldiers to fight in wars and deadly battles. Child soldiers are young children, some as young as 6 years old, that are kidnapped and forced to be trained to become suicide bombers, cooks, soldiers spies, and human shields in times of battle. Former child soldiers are being put on trial to decide whether they should be held accountable for their crimes.…
Dr. Charles Archer
October 12, 2014
Child Soldiers in Africa
Starting around the 1980s, a horrible new source of warfare was introduced to Africa. This method is using children for warfare, or in other words, children soldiers. A child soldier is any boy or girl, under the age of 18, who is forced to join and operate within an armed force or armed group in any capacity. It does not only refer to a child who is carrying, or has carried, weapons. The method of using children…