Fight Like Soldiers

Die Like Children

Psychological View

Ethical Problems for the Peacekeepers

The idea of war involving children affects both the peacekeepers and the child soldiers. Upon meeting child soldiers, the peacekeepers are hesitant to kill the young, even if their life is at risk. This is because of the guilt being felt when putting a young one's life at risk. It would be still unclear for the human mind to think of this child not being innocent and willing to kill people. The peacekeepers are traumatized by the thought of this, causing psychological damage, or if faced with a child soldier, even death.

Children's Emotional State

From the start, children are fearful for going into war. When being taken into the military, they are still very innocent and unaware. In events of the kidnapping for war, children are usually taken away from their families and forced to do brutal acts to their own kind, so it makes the soldier "stronger" and less sensitive to killing others in the war. As soon as a child starts holding the gun and entering combat, it is stated that they feel fear, horror and excitement. As you can see, they are feeling, excitement which means the children are slowly getting less sensitive and not realizing as to what they're doing when killing another human. Their innocence is quickly being taken away, thus causing them to mature quicker, which will affect them their whole lives. They are psychologically growing faster and thinking more violently than they should

Socialogical View

Child Manipulation

Something that is similar to all child soldiers, is what they have went through. As stated before, child soldiers have been forced to do brutal acts to their families to neutralize them for war and take away some of their sensitivity. Once doing these brutal acts, these children feel as if they will not fit in with their cultural group of people anymore because they will be labelled as a "murderer" or "psychotic". Since these children have no where to go, they enter the militia to and rely on leaders to be a fatherly figure to them. Overall, the militia groups have influenced children so that they are forced to work for the military and have no choice.

Society's View

Since these events have happened so frequently, the culture sees child soldiers as a normality. Although it may be very traumatizing for others, there is nothing that can be done about it. Also, the media doesn't shed light on this situation because it has been going on for such a long time, so people do not think of this as a huge problem.

Anthropological View

How Culture in Rwanda has Evolved

The culture in Rwanda has changed over the years. The military for child soldiers has now evolved into a culture for children who have no where to go or have no group to where they belong. Child soldiers are evolving to be more mature because more children are having to take care of themselves in the military.

The culture in Rwanda is also very limited to safety. There is no form of communication to other people or emergencies, so many people do not help. The safety precautions in Rwanda are being degraded, and are not being seen as important in this country.

Overall, the culture in Rwanda has evolved in such a way that it endangers many children.

Racial Barriers in the World

Racial barriers are another factor of people not helping. Some people don't see child soldiers as important because of the people being affected by them. For example; A boy named Ahmed was forced to be a child soldier, and was imprisoned because of being forced killing a white male soldier. This means there was a lack of recognition by others, solely because of race. The people did not realize the struggles that this boy was going through because of his race. They thought that the soldier was more important than this boy, even though they did not know his full story. This is also shows how society has evolved to egnore the people suffering around them. Because of this, no one is stopping these groups.