By in Parenting

It is wrong to use child soldiers

The world was shocked by a trending video of a young boy being used to execute some held captives.

Judging by the child's physical features, the child appears to be barely ten years but the way he calmly aims and shoots several times is enough indication that his childhood and innocence was lost a long time ago.

Adults will always have issues with each other without going to the merits of such disagreements. But to suck children who should be enjoying their childhood and forming their understanding of life to your conflicts is totally acceptable.

Ten year old kid have no understanding of the complexity of life and will only behave out of aping rather than rational thinking. They may do what you ask them to do and they may even like it but that would only be a pointer to their unformed judgmental capacities rather than their loyalty to certain doctrines.

Children have their basic rights an one of them is not to expose them to such levels of violence.

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MelissaE wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:45 PM

Well said; children under 18 should not be soldiers or, more so, executioners. I don't even believe that American soldiers under 21 should serve in combat.

isabbbela wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:52 PM

very wrong! Children should be children and never exposed to violence of that sort. It's so sad to think so many children all over the world are stripped of their childhood like that.

scheng1 wrote on January 19, 2015, 9:09 AM

It is so horrible! The kids will think that killing is a normal part of life.

cheri wrote on February 9, 2015, 1:49 AM

This is one painful reality that exists in the countries which wars became their ways of life. Sad for the children because they are given no choice.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 17, 2015, 12:42 PM

I agree it is wrong to use child soldiers in wars. It is evil. I hope you come back here to write so I can interact with more of your posts.