How it all Started: Child Soldiers

When you hear the word war, what image comes to mind? You are probably thinking of our Canadian Forces, or maybe the U.S. Rangers, in an Afghani desert, firing at Taliban soldiers. Although these images may be shocking, war has been part of humanity since prehistorical post-Paleolithic societies. In the 21st century, the world is more in favour for world peace than anything else. Unfortunately, some individuals are not happy with their government and decide to create a rebel group to take over the power. A major issue while creating a rebel group is recruitment, thus the reason why we heard so much about Joseph Kony in 2012. He took over a group entitled The Holy Spirit Movement, which was originally created by Alice Lakwena to rebel against President Yoweri’s oppression of the North of Uganda. When Alice Lakwena was exiled, he changed the movement’s name to Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. As the group lost their support in the region, Kony decided to self-preserve which would eventually come to characterise the rebel group, steal supplies, and abducting children to fill in the ranks. As you read this last sentence, your jaw has probably dropped. Children in war? From a very young age, children in villages would be abducted from their families to be forced into joining the rebel group. Approximately 250 000 children have been in war according to the U.N`s Global Report in 2008. These children have seen blood and death to a point where they are mentally affected for the rest of their lives. It is saddening news for all of us, and of course, very hard to believe. A childhood should be filled with love and laughs, not blood and cries.

MLA: “Rebellion to Self-Preservation.” NP. Web. April 28 2015.

Robinson, Karl W. A Short History of War. Washington: U.S. Army War College, 1992. Print.

Steel, Michelle. “Child Soldiers.” NP. Web. April 28 2015

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