Thousands of children are serving as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world. These boys and girls, some as young as 8 years old, serve in government forces and armed opposition groups. They may fight on the front lines, participate in suicide missions, and act as spies, messengers, or lookouts. Girls may be forced into sexual slavery.

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Angel Alejandro Rosas Díaz AA01411376

The modern age is not as good as we expected.... What I think about the situation happening in Africa, Sierra Leone and in some parts of the world about child soldiers is that it is inhumane. When you start training a kid for horrible events such as killing, murdering, introducing violence, etc.; you are taking that kid's childhood away and turning it into a living nightmare. This causes harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm, the child may become depressed, think of suicide or become violent, or in some cases use drugs or alcohol, to try to run away from the situation. Just be realistic and seriously about a kid doing a man's job.

We think that the solution proposed by the U.N. named "U.N. Action Plan" and establishes that the government obliges to ban their military from drafting and using child soldiers, and promises to release children from service and to reintegrate them into civilian life is a very accurate plan to stop this horrible problem. This might get 46 non-state actors and eight governments, including those of Afghanistan, Burma, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen to successfully stop recruiting kids for war.


I believe that this problem is constantly ruining thousands of innocent children's lives and we need to stop it. Even our least effort can help the fight against child soldiers. We as individuals can help in our community by spreading education to families about this topic and make them understand that this is not good, somehow they will feel bad and will join the movement to stop this problem, they are not just going to avoid it in the community they might also donate to organizations and send goods for those who need it. Think about the kid's future, because it is also our race's future.
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The education is really important cause is a base for the development and progress of a country, I hardly believe that everyone need to study and acquired more knowledge, but look at these children and see that instead of being in the school they wearing camouflage uniforms, with boots and the more impressive thing, with a gun. You can think that a normal kid is going to school while you are training for war. I think that they promoting the violence because they are not better tools that education and knowledge, making children think that is the only and solution to all the problems they are passing by. A reason of this is the lack of opportunities to have a better development and the only option is being a soldier in such a younger age.
A great solution is that a Non-Governmental Organization should to intervene and talk to the person in charge and made look in what they are creating, a culture of violence and no a progressing civilization, these people need a great leader that fight for the human rights of everyone and change the quality of life so they can live longer, happier and stronger. We have to continue promoting human rights and let people know what deserve and they capable of.


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I think kids nowadays have forgotten how childhood is, not only because of their fault. Especially children in Africa suffer a constant war beneath life and death because of hunger, deseases and other civil conflicts. I can’t believe how girls from the age of seven to fourteen where subject to rape and do other kind of sexual violence, alcohol and hallucigenic drugs. Even though the kids received physical and psycological recovery, social integretion as the article 39 from the coventions on the right of the children says; is har to get through all of it at that age. Human and children rights already existed in those days and they were not respected, also in 2017 there exist a lot of nations who use children to take advantage of them.
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Childhood as a Soldier

I think that children are being exploded and abused by serving as soldiers. I believe this is not fair for anyone to be in this position. I also believe that many families are ruined because of this major problem. Around 10,000 children have been forced to be a soldier. This is a major problem for the whole world and humanity. It is devastating and not easy to believe what we have become. Many families suffer from this problem, but I believe it has a solution. This solution starts in our home, imparting good education with help from the government. Unfourtunaly the government hasn’t put an end to the problem of child soldiers.

We have proposed an agreement of the banned of recruiting child soldiers. This will stop the government from recruiting child soldiers. Also we have proposed to help government to eliminate the “RUF” which are the Revolutionary forces in Sierra Leone. UNICEF has supported Sierra Leone with food but they also need to help with better education. Some International organizations have invested in military power.

I do not believe that the investment in military power is the solution. This will only make the problem bigger. The solution starts in the homes of the citizens of Sierra Leone. Also I believe the Government has a big role in the solution. The government has to ask for help to International Organizations to support them and help them in imparting better education. I think we need to support groups like “Cultures of Resistance” because they want to put an end to this problem like I do. I will also personally help the people by making a web page to open the eyes of the world to this problem.

An Unwanted Childhood
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Men with guns, women with guns, people with guns is outrageous, it is terrible and I cant imagine how wrong can be a kid with a gun. I can’t believe there are people with a terrible judjment that allow their kids to leave home, stop studying and send their kids to war. How can kids grow and have a healthy life living in warfair and dealing with killing and destruction. Kids should have an amazing childhood where they recieve an warm and fun life, where they shouldnt worry about big problems that they have to enjoy and learn. In total there should be wars and if they are happening it isn’t for the children to be fighting in. Is a terrible decision that there are kids whom are living this type of life. If this would be for me kids and people shouldn’t be fighting in war. I can’t imagine making my child leave school, killing his childhood and risking his life for fighting in a war where he doesnt even know what is happening. This problem is really sad and bad, Im all against about this issue and I hate it.

Wars not meant for them
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Water Guns?

Topic: Child Soldiers Africa Sierra Leone

by Melanie Dantés
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How did your childhood look like? Perhaps it looked a lot like Barbies, Teddy bears, and Water guns? Sadly, for children living in war conflict areas it seems a lot different. I believe this is mainly due to the cultural beliefs of each country, ideology but mostly education. For example, people in Africa sometimes don´t receive enough education to know their rights and make them valid. They are forced to join armed groups by their parent’s decision or sometimes forced by the government and change their water guns for actual real shooting ones.

We think that the solution proposed by the UN in collaboration with the UNICEF to abolish the use of children as soldiers should be enforced by providing education to younger generations. UNICEF should continue with its reintegration of child soldiers into communities’ program, since this program allows children to continue with their education and stop serving as soldiers. This program has been implemented in many places such as in Democratic Republic of Congo and has shown positive results.

We need to teach younger generations that violence is not the right way to solve problems, and also make them acknowledge their rights. If a child receives education, he or she will now his rights, will know how to solve conflicts in a peaceful way, will prevent future conflicts in their communities and make his or her rights valid. We can help by raising awareness about the abuse some cultures make towards children by teaching them to hate each other and to introduce them to war. If we want to change these children’s´ life, we must make it ourselves.

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A01411392 Jorge Guevara

Not a child's game one would expect

I believe the problem started because of a weak government overall, a government were there is almost no control for communities or criminal groups. I strongly believe a bad education, low life expectancy (adults die faster so they start choosing childs) and a high insecurity also contributed to them becoming soldiers. This is a serious problem because not every day we see a child using a rifle or practicing strategies for a war or combat. This is not a normal childhood, and it should not be considered as one.

How can we solve this? We thought the UNICEF and the ONU could help bring education to communities that practice this, because children are taught that this is okay and that there’s no other way around, while the reality is the opposite it’s not okay and it can be avoided. By bringing education not only will remove this problem from root, it can improve many aspects in Africa by preparing young generations who doesn’t see and use violence as a normal activity. This could create a cyle were the children that are now adults can help the next generation to not fall on this and so on.

What can we do here and now? Since it’s a big problem that would require a lot of help, I believe we can create awareness of this, create enough so that the whole world or most of it can finally understand their situation, because not only violence is being used, happiness and love is being taken from them which are a basic child's right. We need to light their future, because every single one of us has one, we just need help.
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10 years of life in Africa

Just to think about my son going by force to go to war is just devastating. I don´t want to live in a world that this happens, a world that is used to this. When? How? Who? Started this, I can only think about a man looking at his child “ I don´t think we have a chance to win the war, the only solution is if we prepare and sent our own children to battle.”
And I don´t think I am the only one that thinks the same, I am 100% sure if I ask anyone on America if they think this is correct in a way I will only receive negative answers. Imagine being them, so innocent so young and with so much to live and they are force to give up all of that.
Life is a gift, life is for embracing it, to enjoy it, to be happy and have fun. Especially for a kid, childhood is one of the happiest and more important parts of a human life. I don´t think this is nowhere right, The only solution for this is to go stop it, and educate Africa, teach them values.
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What is happening today in Africa Sierra Leone is devastating. Just picture what level of un human have we reached, kidnaping infants for fighting a war, it is unbelievable. Juts picture yourself at age 6 to 8, you had no worried, just if your friends are mad at you and what show are you going to watch during dinner, nothing else, now imagine living the life of one of this africans kids, going to sleep everyday knowing that maybe that was your last day with your family and tomorrow you will be taken away from them, maybe never seeing them again, living in terrible conditions, hunger, and sadness. This are kids we are talking about, and I know that we are living in a very difficult world today, and we need to learn how to adapt to it, but not in this way. Not taking away the rights of a family, education and a childhood to this kids. This has already been more than enough and we as humans can't let this go any further.
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