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 international conflict, and why it is inhumane. A Child soldier can is defined as: a person who has not attained the age of 18 years taking part in direct conflict(1). The use of Child Soldiers in the modern world can be dated back to WWII, where Jewish children during the holocaust voluntarily fought, just as means of survival(2), to present day where child soldiers are currently being used for lethal combat(3). The media has given two different, and completely contradictory views of child soldiers, one, as exploited victims of adult abuse of power and, two, as enraged, virtually uncontrollable killers(4). By examining specific cases, such as Congo, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Sudan, former soldiers testimonies, and what the international community is doing to prevent the exploitation of Children as means of war, evidently the exploitation of child soldiers is not only inhumane, but physically, emotionally and socially damaging. First, I must evaluate other positions taken on child
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…
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…