Child Soldiers

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Child Soldiers

Child Soldiers

What are Child Soldiers?Child Soldiers are kids who get kidnapped, mainly around Gulu in northern Uganda. They are used for different things, such as acting as spies, fighting on front lines, working as messengers or lookout people. They may even have to participate in suicide missions. Also sexual slavery is a problem of Child Soldiers too.

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Who are Child Soldiers?Child Soldiers is group of anybody under the age of 18 who has been recruited for armed forces (child soldiers). Most people who are captured are children, boys and girls, but that is not the case all the time.

Where are Child Soldiers?Child Soldiers is a big issue in Gulu-Northern Uganda, but it occurs in many regions of the world, such as Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Israel, Lybia, Mali, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

When did Child Soldiers Begin?There is no specific date when Child Soldiers began but we do know that it has been around as long as written history.

Why is Child Soldiers an Issue?Joseph Kony is the leader of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and he is abducting children to build a military. The bigger his military is the better chance he can take over the government in his country, Uganda. Other children choose to become a child soldier because of poverty in their country. To sum it all up Joseph Kony is capturing children to take over his country's government.

The Solution of Child SoldiersThere hasn't been a 100% solution to stopping Child Soldiers but the United Nations (U.N.) is trying to make a stop to it, for example - they are tightening up laws on selling guns to stop them reaching battlefields where child soldiers are fighting. James Nesbitt has been working with Child Soldiers International to raise funds and awareness of the recruitment and use of children in hostilities. UNICEF (An International Aid Organization) is finding ways to make sure children are not served as Child Soldiers. Most of the countries have signed and voted to make the laws stronger and not allow child soldiers.

Websites I've Used http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/world/child_soldiers/newsid_3757000/3757543.stm http://www.child-soldiers.org/faq.phphttp://www.child-soldier.org/ http://www.child-soldiers.org/about_the_issues.php http://www.hrw.org/topic/childrens-rights/child-soldiers https://childrenandarmedconflict.un.org/effects-of-conflict/six-grave-violations/child-soldiers/ http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=34940#.VQL41hF0y1s


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