Live Like a Soldier, Die Like a Child

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“Shooting became just like drinking a glass of water” said Ishmael Beah, an ex-child-soldier, “children who refused to fight, kill or showed any weakness were ruthlessly dealt with.” As children’s involvement in armed conflict keeps on increasing, “Child Soldiers” becomes a more and more popular phrase on newspapers and news. Many, however, do not have an insight view on what are actually behind simply “300,000 under-age, cold-blooded killers” (The Economist, Dec. 10th, 1998). A simple question “What do child soldiers fight for?” covers a vast range of elements including wealth, fame, or to simply survive. The issue of child soldier has taken place throughout human history and becomes more and more severe. The constitution of child…show more content…
Easily manipulated due to their unsophisticated mind and physically smallness, child soldiers are usually brainwashed to devote their lives to their leaders and manifest allegiance to the gang or rebellion army. Also, for the rebellion army raise them up and train them since they are young, they will have a gesture of gratitude toward the rebellion army while growing up. To express the gratefulness, they give themselves into service for the rebellion army. One of the most notable examples throughout history is the Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) during World War II. Members of the Hitler Youth were brainwash with Fascism since joining it at a young age, who would later on grew up and became lethal fighters devoting to Hitler believing that he was their god. A large amount of child soldiers who are raised by the rebellion army have steadfast loyalty toward it and are willing to fight and die for it. Also, they are trained strictly and chosen carefully, like the description in the book Space Marines "Do you know how they make them? No, of course you don't. They find some barbaric place where children fight to survive, and they hunt down the most bloodthirsty killers. They recruit them when they're twelve, thirteen, fourteen, with all that hate and that arrogance, just at the age when you think you're bulletproof and nothing can kill you. Then they keep them like that, give them a gun and some armor and point them at the nearest enemy.
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