Rueda, Carlos


The Sri-Lankan civil war began in 1883. This was a violent insurgency against the Sri Lankan government led by the LTTE  (also known as the Tamil tigers). The insurgency was brought to a close as the sir Lankan military, finally defeated the insurgency in 2009. An estimated 100,000 people were killed in this war. This widespread national conflict affected many aspects of Sri Lanka. Its economy, its infrastructure, and more specifically, its children.

The structure of this civil war inevitably involved children in a very negative aspect. The insurgent LTTEs began to recruit children for them to serve as soldiers and brought them into the front line. Not only was this war affecting the children but they were now beginning to partake in violence. Also the LTTE took advantage of a current natural disaster and recruited even more children that were orphaned by a Tsunami in 2007. It is a different social reality for these children as they cannot partake in a “normal” (socially common) life. They are growing up to soon, not only where they living in the middle of a civil conflict, but many died in battle. The social structure of these revolutionary efforts in Sri lanka brought many children into play.  Because In our current military world, technology has made child soldiers more proficient at the art of war. The LTTE’s efforts turned out to be futile as recruiting child soldiers did not make a difference in the outcome. However, many children will be eternally affected for their upbringing’s now include violence, conflict, death and unnecessary atrocities. It is not socially acceptable for a child to go through such torments at an early age and thus, UNICEF constantly accused the LTTE of child solder recruitment until the end of the war.