Child soldiering has become a very large injustice in today's society. "There is currently an estimated 250,000 children in the world working as child soldiers right now" ("Child Soldiers"). Child soldiering is a human rights issue. It is also a development issue for the kids. Surprisingly, some people are not against child soldiering because they feel using children as soldiers will be to their advantage for many reasons, such as children being easier to train and cheaper to send into war. As one of the world's biggest problems, child soldiers are a very important topic to know the human rights and development injustices of.
Child soldiering is one of the biggest human rights issues out there. It is taking away any freedom the child could have had the chance to have. People who take these children see them as easy, efficient and inexpensive uses for their armies. They take them away from their parents and families, who they will most likely never see again. Many of the people who use them are rebel groups who are going against their government and use children to do so. "Forty percent of child soldiers are little girls who are commonly used as sex slaves to their owners, and eighteen percent of the children are under the age of twelve" (Singer).
"The children are usually tricked into joining the groups by promises of material things such as clothes and food, and they are then brainwashed and taught how to do violent actions and use weapons" (Singer). They are also convinced that they can not return home to their original communities. This is taking away their rights to ever be able to do something with their lives; it is taking away their rights to decide things on their own. Governments are trying very hard to stop child soldiers, but are having a lot of trouble. The idea of child soldiers is completely against any human civil rights.
[...] Why child soldiering is an injustice? Child soldiering has become a very large injustice in today's society. “There is currently an estimated 250,000 children in the world working as child soldiers right (“Child Soldiers”). Child soldiering is a human rights issue. It is also a development issue for the kids. Surprisingly, some people are not against child soldiering because they feel using children as soldiers will be to their advantage for many reasons, such as children being easier to train and cheaper to send into war. [...]
[...] Child soldiering can also mess up a child's development. When they are taken at such a young age their brains are still in the process of developing. “They are trained, and sometimes even drugged, to get to know violence and how to create (“Child Soldiers”). Some are even ordered to kill a family member or tribe member. Being taken as a child soldier also means they are taken out of their education, so they have limited knowledge in adulthood. They tend to lose their old personality that they had as a child and develop into a soldier. [...]
[...] It also messes up a child's life long term and has a negative effect on their development. Nothing about child soldiering is fair and it needs to be stopped. Child soldiering at its root is a complete injustice. Works Cited Page “Child Soldiers.” Warchild.org.uk/issues/child-soldiers. War Child UK Web March 2013. “Factsheet: Child Soldiers.” unicef.org/emerg/files/childsoldiers.pdf. Unicef June 2003. Web March 2013. Singer, P.W. “Dictionary of Gross Human Rights Violations.” sharedhumanity.org/LibraryArticle.php?heading=Child%20Soldiers. Shared Humanity Web March 2013. [...]
[...] Ever since new technology came out it has become even easier to train the kids. Although it may be a benefit to them at the time, they are still taking a very big risk by capturing and training these children as it is illegal. In conclusion, child soldiering is a very serious problem throughout poor parts of the world that is never fair to its victims. It goes completely against all human rights by taking the children's choice of their own futures away. [...]
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