For decades, the recruitment of child soldiers in Africa has skyrocketed. Today, we could argue that we see more children fighting in wars than any other age. It’s safe to say that there is more youth, because their brains are much easier to manipulate into killing than older citizens who know what they’re committing. Another factor that recruiters take advantage of in children is family. Once a child has lost their parents and families due to war, they are more likely to become blood thirsty and crave revenge, making them the highest candidate for a soldier.
Africa has one of the highest growth rates of child soldiers in the world, with over 200,000 serving in their armies (1) . Many underaged children are taken away from their homes and forced to rebel, fight, and kill others without a parents consent. Over time they are brainwashed to believe that what they are doing is right, and that they will be highly rewarded for committing such crimes, when in actuality many of them are killed within the first year of fighting.
This conflict has tore children from their childhood. They are forced to kill others, watch their families and friends die right before their eyes, and hold it all in to be tough and strong. It is a crime against humanity. To have children go to sleep at night scared for their lives and their minds filed with nightmares. They are introduced to drugs, and female child soldiers are raped and forced to become sex slaves. Children that aren’t even soldiers are mistaken for soldiers, and are sometimes killed. In the end, the introduction of children into the war effort has put so many children in danger and has brought Asymmetric war tcompletely different level.