The LRA is infamous for evident human rights violations, including abduction, murder, mutilation, sexual enslavement of young children, and child soldiering. Another group well know for using children as soldiers is the Revolutionary United Front. This particular rebel group made has made great use of child soldiers by using horrific methods to harden their new recruits into dangerous weapons. Since the LRA began in the 1980s, over thirty-thousand have been abducted and forced to serve as child soldiers or as wives of the older rebels; however, these numbers are growing rapidly with over ten thousand children abducted in the last eighteen months alone.
A student at Mamaroneck High School should care about child soldiers because it is a violation of basic human rights and all people, especially children, deserve to have a life free from violence. In America it is seen as unnatural for a child to not go to school and learn, and it is rare for a kid to not receive education at all in the United States. On the other hand, in places across the world like Africa, it is a privilege to go to school, and it’s something people have to work very hard towards. In ... ... middle of paper ... ...ike Us" Invisible Children). All of these actions are steps towards the goal of ending the use of child soldiers for good.
Child soldier is a worldwide issue, but it became most critical in the Africa. Child soldiers are any children under the age of 18 who are recruited by some rebel groups and used as fighters, cooks, messengers, human shields and suicide bombers, some of them even under the aged 10 when they are forced to serve. Physically vulnerable and easily intimidated, children typically make obedient soldiers. Most of them are abducted or recruited by force, and often compelled to follow orders under threat of death. As society breaks down during conflict, leaving children no access to school, driving them from their homes, or separating them from family members, many children feel that rebel groups become their best chance for survival.
They suffer as many of the human rights abuses as the adults, but may also be targeted simply because they are dependent and vulnerable. The Fifth Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". Nevertheless, children are being tortured and mistreated by state officials; they are detained, lawfully or arbitrarily, often in appalling conditions; in some countries they are subjected to the death penalty. Countless thousands are killed or maimed in armed conflicts; many more have fled their homes to become refugees. Children forced by poverty or abuse to live on the streets are sometimes detained, attacked and even killed in the name of social cleansing.
Unthoughtful murders, unwanted diseases, terminal illness, separation of families and a total loss of the minds are all the things that children of rebel groups encounter every day. Many people say they are against it and want it to stop, but verbally speaking against using children for soldiers is just not enough. Jospeh Kony is only one man there are hundreds of other terrible rebel leaders all over the world who are using children as soldiers and sex slaves who need to be brought to justice and punished. Innocent children are kidnapped from their childhood lives and are made to do awful things against their wills. We, as a people need to all come together and help to save the children and rescue them from the hands of Joseph Kony and other rebel leaders.
Children are very vulnerable when it comes to getting recruited. A majority of child soldiers do ... ... middle of paper ... ...ir actions. For example, child soldier Ishmael Beah from Sierra Leone was prosecuted and jailed, which really only strengthened the problems children are facing. Ismeal Beah was quoted saying: “I didn’t have a life as child. In five years as a fighting boy, what was in my heart was to kill as many Muslims as possible.” Children at this age should not have to resort to such harsh treatment.
They were completely manipulated and forced to do things that children in the right mindset would not do. Girls were forced to provide things to the men and played the role of a “wife” if they had not played that role, they would have been killed or raped. Though it is already a cruel things for the young girls and women, they were forced to even kill their own family members or close relatives. The article Should Child Soldiers be Prosecuted, reads, "I was forced literally to kill my best friend as an initiation process into the army, a former child soldier from Democratic Republic of Congo Michel Chikwanine,” (Asena Bosnak para 5). If they had learned from the same concept that we had, they wouldn’t have killed their best friend.
Most of the Kuwaiti citizens who were inside the country or outside were in shock. This Iraqi occupation that Kuwait suffered for seven months was dramatically experienced by both adults and children. They were exposed to such brutal atrocities as executing anyone who had a typewriter or a camera so that no one in the outside world would know how indecently they were treating a neighboring country. Plus any interference in Sadaam's military actions resulted in hundreds of patriots who fought bravely for the freedom of their country. The Iraqi soldiers tried to terrorize the Kuwaiti people by subjecting them to different types of torture techniques like raping virgin females and mothers in front of their children.
The female kids they capture are used as sex slaves for money. In July 2012 Mr. Lubanga Dyilo was sentenced to 14 years for forcing kids to fight in his army. This problem with child soldiers has become so serious because everyday a new town or village is being attacked and new kids are becoming monsters with weapons forced to attack villages also. Kids are raped and beaten for their belongings. Villages are left destroyed and blood everywhere with bodies left on the ground while animals pick from them and survivors come back to their burned down village to see the brutal action that has taken place their.
Countries all over the world have turned to children to fight their battles for them, internationally we must enforce the current laws in place and educate the children exposed to the possibility of becoming one of the many, child soldiers. The children not much bigger than their AK-47s, are getting handed the worst of these wars (McKelvey 2). Thousands of adolescents are getting raped and forced into slaughtering people and tearing apart town after town and at some point are no longer seen as children but as threats (McKelvey 3). People often believe that the child soldiers are practically all boys, but the Human Rights Watch suggests “In the countries such as Uganda, Sierra Leone and Colombia, up to one-third of the child soldiers are girls,”(McKelvey 1). To these girls the o... ... middle of paper ... ...education is so important, in how they do not feel like they have any other possibilities or are not educated enough to realize the possible consequences of joining the armed forces, education can help them gain opportunities with the common work force, gain them the intelligence of knowing to not get involved with military forces at a young age.