Research Paper 1_ child soldiers

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LaMontagne 1 Whitley LaMontagne Professor Melissa Keith English 1102-40 W 7 February 2011 Mistaken Identity What images does the term “child” create when spoken? A child is defined as any person under the age of 18. Typically in the earlier years of childhood, children are still learning social norms for their various cultures. It is this vulnerability which allows for the development of child soldiers, a child being associated with any type of armed group with sex being no exception. Although youth are typically between the ages of 13 and 18 there are recorded cases of child soldiers being as young as 7 years old. The creation of innocent kids into killers is most effective by illustrating to them what would normally be seen as deviance is in fact acceptable. Such action highlights the danger of these children because as their own lives may be in danger, they put others in harm’s way as well. However, the most alarming part is how these children develop into soldiers. To effectively understand how dangerous a child soldier is one must understand the psychological effects a child soldier must overcome. Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier, now activist, from Sierra Leone was forced into war in 1991 when at the time he was only 13. In one of Beah’s interviews he explains the process of desensitizing youth to better prepare them for war “Destroy children’s family and town, when all is loss than you could manipulate them… the commander and other child soldiers are family now” (Beah). Soldiers often have lost everything
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course ENGL 1102 taught by Professor Hitch during the Spring '08 term at Kennesaw.

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