Miriam's mom died, she was given up by her dad ever since she was born even although she does get weekly visits from him. Miriam was also put into an arranged marriage by her father even though she was only 15. Rasheed, Miriam's husband, was very abusive and forceful to her. She also was never able to have children even though she became pregnant 7 times, all ending up in miscarriages. Laila experienced a good childhood, she had friends and a good family. Soon all her friends either moved away or died. Laila and her family were going to move away from Afghanistan until their home was struck by a rocket, her mom and dad both died in the house while she was rescued by Rasheed who cared for her wounds. She was than convinced that he would be the safest person to be with, so then they married. Soon she became pregnant with Tariq's baby but had to act like it was Rasheed's. Miriam and Laila were both abused by Rasheed if they did anything wrong. They both experienced difficult lives. The driver states "the story of our country, one invader after another... we're like those walls up there. Battered, and nothing pretty to look at, but still standing." Miriam and Laila are like the Buddhas, they are constantly receiving bad things one after the other. Miriam and Laila slowly falling apart, yet still holding their will. They both show how much they've gone through but what they are still trying to get to. Afghanistan has
Have you ever wondered what would be the experience of immigrating to a different country would be like eh? The experience of immigrating to a different country was similarly difficult in The Road to Chlifa and The Kite Runner as the characters had to start over in a new country, they had to change their lifestyle and some of the characters were isolated.
Soon after the revolution, Iran became one bundle of chaos as the country began experiencing internal difficulties with the new republic. Then with the war between Iran and Iraq, violence became Marji’s daily lifestyle. The Iranians were left to themselves to protect their friends and family from the bombings and other types of violence happening in plain sight. Many unfortunate individuals lost their belongings as well as close friends and family. For example, a close friend of Marji’s mother, Mali and her family, lost her and her family’s belongings in a bombing. The family found refuge in Marji’s home until they left Iran for good. They were one of the few families who understood the severity of the violence overwhelming Iran.
A mother carries a baby’s body that is full of bullets and bullet holes. A father falls from his car, vomiting blood as his family sits in pieces, dead in the car. In a blink of an eye, the children go from happy and carefree, knowing they have loving families at home, to wondering if they will ever see anyone they know alive again. I felt very sad and sickened, seeing those events through his eyes, and thinking of how many children in the world have lived through similar events. Eventually, hunger sets in and the boys steal food from people as they sleep and even wrestle corn away from a young child. It was painful think of the things people in other parts of the world are going through while I sit in my comfy chair; reading a book, and eating snacks. After losing his friends, running from murderous rebels, using children on drugs to destroy, kill, and maim; Ishmael is eventually taken in by the government army and himself becomes a child soldier, using drugs and killing people. He rises to the rank of junior lieutenant, partly for his proficiency in executing prisoners of war, and leads a team of fellow child soldiers while
Do we really know how it feels when you’re loved ones are killed after every second or when you will stop breathing? No matter how sad we become after listening to their painful stories, we can’t really feel the pain or problems that the victim’s relatives had gone through. The Road to Chlifa, novel illustrated by Michele Marineau describes the story about a boy who lives in Beirut Lebanon, a country that has been in the civil war for fifteen years. Karim expresses the theme of isolation, through his feelings for Nada. The protagonist in the novel is Karim, 17-year-old boy who lost the girl whom he loved, during the war, and the antagonist is the war occurring in Lebanon and also the school that Karim attends in
Commonalities can be pulled from the use of propaganda and revenge to indoctrination and even inspiration. These children did not require eloquence. Their refuge was found often after months of running, witnessing countless atrocities and feeling the helpless vulnerability of having no security in their lives. If the war did not kill these children out rightly, starvation would. As we read in these sobering memoirs even those who, like Ismael Beah, survived the lack of food, protection and stability still fell victim to the death of their childhood, their families and all the things that should have formed their identities as adults. Lost in revenge that hardened their souls, drugs that dulled their emotions and alter egos who encouraged their violent acts these child soldiers were truly lost to the war that took all they held dear. Though Ishmael Beah could be considered one of the lucky ones, his personal losses were no less severe than a sort of death “All the way up to the neck there are bullet holes. . . I lift the cloth from the body’s face. I am looking at my own” (Beah 19). This book gives insight into a culture, time, and events that would be impossible to adequately capture in a history book. Too often we read such stories as fiction. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism of the mind that ensures protection over the reader that one can read of a horrific event and later run errands and make dinners. Upon reading Beah’s book, it seems impossible to remain distant from Ishmael’s plight. He is not an ambiguous character in history; he suddenly becomes a son, a brother or a friend. This is a valuable perspective, especially for those who enjoy security and plentiful resources as most Americans do. In spite of the unsettling nature of this book, perhaps even because of it, there is importance in reading and understanding it not only in the context of these events of war in Sierra Leone but also in a grander context of a
Do we really know how it feels when you’re loved ones are killed in a war or when you will stop breathing? No matter how sad we become after listening to their painful stories, we can’t really feel the pain or problems that the victim’s relatives had gone through. The Road to Chlifa, novel illustrated by Michele Marineau describes the story about a boy who lives in Beirut Lebanon, a country that has been in the civil war for fifteen years. Karim expresses the theme of isolation, through his feelings for Nada. The protagonist in the novel is Karim, 17-year-old boy who lost the girl whom he loved, during the war, and the antagonist is the war occurring in Lebanon and also the school that Karim attends in Montreal. Karim left lonely after his parents went to Montreal, then Bachir moved to Paris and the one whom he loved died.
Mehmet is a thirteen year old boy, from Kosovo. He is living in a time when his country Kosovo is at war from 1999-2001, the KLA (Kosovo army) is battling the Serbians. Mehmet is inspired by the war it excites him, he wants to become a KLA soldier one day, when he is old enough. He has a large family and everyone in it disagrees with his point of view about war. His most influential family consists of Bada his father, Mama his mother, and Meli his sister. He has many more family members that live with him and experience life journeys together, but they do not have the same impact on him, as Bada, Mama, and Meli. The entire family had to move to a refugee camp because of the war. Their house was burned to the ground, and all their stuff was gone thanks to the Serbians. When it was finally clear to go home about a year later they realised they had no home to go home to, only the tiny apartment above the store. This small appartment was not going to fit the entire Lleshi family, so Bada, Mama, Mehmet, and Meli decided to go to the United States, more specifically a small town in Vermont called Barre.
Dating to the beginning of civilization, war continues to be a repeating occurrence in the world whether it be with oneself, society, or the outside influences in the world. In terms of war between countries, there is the growing controversy over its utilization and purpose when a country is predisposed to a situation foreboding unavoidable conflict. War is the only solution to certain situations but cannot be considered a panacea to all the issues prevalent in the world. The reasoning behind this is that war produces consequences some of which that are permanent. War has always spawn more conflict, gives disfigurement to human bodies, death and occasionally affects the state of one’s mind in areas such as mentality, emotions, rationality
Aristotle once said “we make war that we may live in peace.” That is true. All wars have been fought because people feel that peace has been lost, and they want to obtain it. Whether it be about land, rights, religion, or government; people fight for peace. Edwin Starr’s song lyrics are wrong, because war can be beneficial. The benefits to war are that it frees people from oppression and gives the country and soldiers a unifying ideology and a sense of national pride.
Many people growing up in the area felt that war against one another was right and affective. Though they have been devastated by war in the pass, many do not know anything different. It is a cycle, if having war and violence is something child and adults are used to having, then it will always be in their blood, they will always want to try and hurt one another. ”As terrorism becomes normal, it becomes acceptable. It grows into a routine.” For the most part the Arab children felt as though war was more important than then Jewish child. “Nearly all the Arab children, 94 percent, said that
I consider myself a lucky person because I never had the chance to live a real war events. I learned in school about wars involving my country, I read many books about wars, I watched many movies about wars, but I never have experienced the emotions of war. Anyway, there have been wars since the beginning of the world and continues to exist today. In my family there are few members who have experienced the horrors of war and even my parents told me about the negative effects of war seen through the eyes of children. I understood how bad war can bring both to a human life and in the life of a nation. But most of the time, I thought only the negative effects of war in terms of economic, social, loss of lives, and less on the
For centuries, violence has been the go to way to settle conflicts, but it has also been very controversial throughout the years. While some say war is important in order to maintain our freedom, it is actually a very unnecessary and destructive way of settling conflicts because it kills so many innocent people and it hardly ever accomplishes anything for such a hefty price.
War is controversial, unfortunate, and certainly misunderstood; it is a transforming agent, a catalyst for change. Nonetheless, many people focus on war's negative consequences, while positive effects are downplayed. War is a necessary evil in the sense that it stabilizes population, encourages technological advances, and has a very high economic value. Without war, the overpopulation of the human race is inevitable. It is this reason that war is a useful tool by not only Mother Nature, but also humans themselves to institute population control.