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Child Soldiers I killed for the first time when we captured a soldier near the bridge. My commander ordered me to do it. They tied him up and laid him on the ground. I cut that b*tch's throat with my bayonet. I enjoyed it, and my men opened fire in the air to celebrate. They treated me like a hero." (Fazil, nine year-old volunteer, Afghanistan) There are, literally, thousands of other pre-teen and teenaged children affected by first-hand effects of war, as young soldiers. In October of 2001, the New York Times recorded an Afghani provisional commander, Fazil Ahmend Azimi, announcing that "it's been three decades of our (Afghani) people going backward in terms of education. We have young boys that are more familiar with a Kalashnikov than with school." These young boys, trained for as young as eight years of age have been regimented through highly military-like manners, as many have quoted their "Kalashnikov culture". The usage of adolescent warriors is not an uncharted issue with Afghanistan, as countless under-aged yet armed forces fought against the Soviet, during time of their invasion. ...read more.


Today's technology has also proven to be an advantage to the recruitment to these children. For one example, the American M-16 is, due of the technological advances, lightweight, easy to handle and even easier to use, meaning a casualty will not need much effort. As children are introduced immorally into the conflict inflicting view, an obsession of accomplishing the sadistic goals of their leaders is created and the need to succeed, through violence, becomes apparent. This obsession is idealistically conveyed in the above quotation. As little effort is needed for the indoctrination of these children, their sheer practicality comes from their mass numbers. Other implications are also a factor; as children are more impressionable, do not demand salaries and their chances of running away are actually lower than adults, due to the extreme levels of indoctrination. This intensity of their "brainwashing" is much like Hitler's towards Nazi Germany. In several refugee camps across Afghanistan, children are not only shown pictures of violence evoking images, but they are to study them. ...read more.


WHY**** OUTCOME**** he military can sometimes be a surrogate family. Orphans who do not have a roof over their heads find a replacement for their parents in the rebel troops. Children are also forced forcibly to join the army. Sierra Leone, Uganda, Sudan, among others, have conscripted children. (The report is available at www.child-soldiers.org). The Taliban has been vocal in its opposition to using young children as soldiers, but are reported to use the madrasa system to ensure new young recruits to fill their ranks. The Taliban rely on these schools, in Afghanistan and abroad, to find young, vulnerable children to indoctrinate with the Taliban ideology. Technically, madrasas are informal educational institutions that are intended to serve poor students. However, some madrasas are "run by different religious sects, political parties and factions affiliated to warring factions in Afghanistan, Jammu, and Kashmir." While the Taliban claim to rely on "voluntary" recruitment, they are also believed to have demanded certain numbers of new recruits from particular villages or force individuals to buy their exemption. The Taliban has not used girls as soldiers, but the Coalition reports that there have been forced marriages of young girls. 16/04/02 Factual Essay - Coursework Mr. Flynn ...read more.

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