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e year old boy walks the deserted town, a semiautomatic rifle hugging his hip. His flip flops kick empty shell casings across the filthy pavement. He’s protecting his government’s military as they sleep. Sadly this is the reality of many third world countries at war. Children soldiers should be granted amnesty from their crimes for many reasons. Some soldiers were as young as nine, obviously too young to know better fight in the war. Many are drugged or kidnapped from their home to be force to serve their military.Most child soldiers are too young to comprehend the destruction are causing. Many of the soldiers are just twelve years old. “They Child soldiers are easily manipulated, intensely loyal, fearless, and most important, in endless supply,” states “Armed & Underage.” Typically  children join the war because their parents were killed, so they are in desperate need for a role model. But commanders are not good role models the children need. In the “Summative Essay,” the article claims “. . . Many believe that child soldiers are not morally responsible for the actions they perform,” This is true because even in the court system you are not entirely responsible for you actions until the age of 18. “Armed and Underage.” proclaims “These kids can be easily brainwashed.” A kid that wasn’t raised to know the difference from right and wrong shouldn’t be punished. They should be taught instead.Child soldiers are drugged as well. “Summative Essay ,” claims “The drugs and alcohol make children more compliant enabling them to commit acocraties which they never would have before,” This shows the brainwashing effect the drugs have on them. Making them almost not themselves. Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier, states”After a while you’re drugged, you’re so removed from exhibiting those human emotions,” The drugs that commanders had fed these children like candy has numbed them. “Destroy what they know, their families . . . their towns and then you can manipulate and drug them.” Continues Ishmael Beah. Commanders know that the child soldiers have nothing left. So they give them drugs as if giving a dog a treat for doing a trick, In hopes that they will continue.Child Soldiers had no other choice or were forced into serving their military. “Summative Essay,” expresses that “Children are forced by commander through false promises . . . ” They promise these children with shelter and safety and yet they give them the opposite. “Armed and Underage,” states “200,000 children worldwide are being used as combatants against their will.” This amount of children being forced to fight is detrimental. No one, no matter the age should be forced into this traumatic lifestyle. “Maybe We Live Maybe We Die.” reveals “Others lived in the battle zones without open schools, participated in public protests, or had personally suffered at the hands of the government,” Most children had no other force but to get involved with the war whether they wanted it or not.On the other hand some people say the crimes these children have commited are unforgivable. Firstly, In the article, “Trail of ex child soldier Dominic Ongwen to hear prosecution case,”  it explained that there are cases of child soldier clearly aware of what they’re doing but clearly that’s not the case for everyone. The article “Prosecuting Child Soldiers For Their Own Safety,” stated that, “Each circumstance involving children soldiers is different. (Source 8 pg.30)” Each case needs to be approached differently, each child is different, and not every child should be prosecuted. Experts in “Prosecuting Child Soldiers For Their Own Safety,” stated “Peace building exercises are ways in which children can be held responsible  for their actions and reintegrated into their communities.(Source 8 pg.30)” . So instead of prosecuting we should help them back into their communities if possible. This is better because they’re learning to be a productive member of society.It’s important to have a understanding of how the children soldier became soldiers. Some of reasons they joined the war was the children were to young to know better, they were drugged and kidnapped. For these reasons they should be granted amnesty. They do not have the level of mental maturity to be held responsible. Not only are they drugged but they are kidnapped from their homes as well. If you were told to fight or be killed, what would you do? Why would expect a child, who has so much to live for, choose to die?

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