The Horror of Child Soldiers

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There are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world today. They usually range from 14 to 18 but some get pulled in at as young as 11. Child soldiers are used in war because their naive tendencies, poor backgrounds, and capability to be easily intimidated and they used for many different things.
1) How they are used
Military prefers child soldiers because they last longer”. A child can fight for 20 years before they are released. They are often used for jobs such as cooks suppliers or guards but are most commonly sent to the front lines since they are expendable and cheap. “They may fight on the front lines, participate in suicide missions, and act as spies, messengers, or lookouts”(But girls aren’t safe from the horrors either. “in El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Uganda, almost a third of little soldiers are girls.”(Rakela). The girls are forced to fight but are also a lot of the times used as sex slaves
2) How they are gotten

Many child soildiers are abducted or forced to recruit. “Forced recruitment, where many children were abducted and beaten into submission, was for a long time the archetype of child soldiering.”for example the whole kony incident (describe konys ways). In poverty such as Africa and uganda childr4en also volunteer to join hoping that it will help them survive since it provides meals and shelter.

3) Student survey explain questons and feeling then go into actual facts
In surveys conducted there was 14 female and 16 males all in 10th grade
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