Child Soldiers And Its Effects On Children

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The former President of the Uganda People 's Congress, Olara Otunnu, viewed the extensive use of child soldiers as “compelled to become instruments of war, to kill and be killed, child soldiers are forced to give violent expression to the hatreds of adults,” (“Olara Otunnu, Advocate for Children 's Rights”). Otunnu elaborates how children are unable to show fear or any other emotion that defines them as human, because they are forced to follow what their capturers tell them to do. Children in armed conflicts are captured to be manipulated and brainwashed into doing inhumane actions and are used as objects rather than being children. The most well-known country to adapt the idea of child soldiers is Uganda in South Africa. Child soldiers are individuals under the age of eighteen that are in armed forces and held captive as soldiers or any other useful jobs. Both boys and girls play a role in the use of child soldiers, as girls are commonly used as sex slaves, while most boys are used as soldiers. The use of child soldiers violates human rights, such as Article four, five, twelve and twenty-five from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The violations of human rights demonstrate how children are used as objects rather than human beings. Children are forced to become soldiers or slaves and once captured, they have no right to defend themselves and escape.
A rebel group in Uganda, known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), currently convicts these violations. This action…

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