Vaughn, Sydney


The armed conflict of the Libyan Revolution in the North African country of Libya took place from February 15, 2011 to October 23, 2011 between the loyal forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his corrupted government. The anti-Gaddafi forces were Libyan groups that opposed and militarily defeated the government of Muammar Gaddafi killing him in the process. These opposition forces included organized and armed militia groups, participants in the Libyan Revolution, Libyan diplomats who switched their allegiance from the Gaddafi-led government, and Libyan military units that switched sides to support the protestors.The citizens of Libya dismantled the social structure of Libya when tensions boiled to violent levels after years of a turbulent economy leaning solely to money flowing to military purposes. Rapid declines in supporters who are willing to fight for Gaddafi’s cause led him to pursue resources of soldiers elsewhere that include young boys under the age of seventeen.
Boys who still under the need of parental guidance and maturation are forced out of fear for their lives to scatter Spanish-made cluster bombs over wide areas and kill immense numbers of human beings, their elders. Adolescents have been handed machine guns and taken to war zones of artillery, rocket, and tank fire with absolutely no sense of military training. These boys have no mentality of the brutality of the actions they are partaking in due to their entrapment in “training camps” where hundreds of young boys, not even old enough to shave, are swept away of their rights to television and radio that spills the current state of demolishment their country is undergoing. Once taken and throne into the horrors of battle, the only life these children are aware of is one of death and injuries disintegrating their fellow peers around them. Blood is on their hands and blood is everywhere around them. The breakdown of the social structure that once reigned over Libya came about from the rebellion outbreak that left no room for a sole structural guideline that the nation could unite under. Also, with no significance to the government over the control of Muammar Gaddafi, no legal boundaries could be put onto this wide spread use of children in the country’s current state of civil war. The age that these child soldiers are at in their lives is the stage where their perceptions of life and reality become to form and shape their ideological ideals of the world, so their ideals are altered into inhumane visions of of horrific acts of violence they have been forced to commit and have also witnessed in their daily lives. In conclusion, these children suffering through their involvement in the Libyan Revolution were thrown out of a childhood under the save haven of parental guidance and peace. This was replaced by monstrosities of death and destruction that pushed them into a chaotic every day life that only brought the promise of a gun being put into their hands and nightmares being placed into their heads.
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