Children Used for Military Use
Effects of military use

Children use for military

Children of War Youtube Video

The links above are linked to websites whose primary goal it to basically raise money for children who are victims of war. The first link titled Effects of military use is an article by Terry Collins on October 29, 2006. The article talk about the numbers and percentages of children in war, the number of injuries and unfotunately the number of deaths. It is estimated that there are 300,000 combats under the age of 18, som as young as six year old. 40% of girl are illegal recruits in more than 30 conflicts areound the world. The other link, Children use for military talks about children throughout history who have served in the army. Since the 1970s a number of international conventions have come into effect that try to limit the participation of children in the armed forces. The Youtube Video above is a photo slide of chilren in war and the aftermath of thier villages, home, family members, and themselves. I personally thought that this video really opened up my eyes to the true horrors these children have suffered.

"In the spring of 2003, three young Americans set out for Africa, in search of adventure and a story. They found what they were looking for. They found a tragedy that changed their lives and has since changed the lives of many who have heard the story. They found the invisible children of Uganda." This short film and the Invisible Children website show the stories of young people effected by war in there country.

Quote from the book Children at War by P.W. Singer "Nowhere else is there more than a compact, compelling portrait of this devastating problem that the world must not ignor." -Christian Science Monitor (Front Cover)

The photos and quotes that are connected to the idea of Children in War because they are actual photographs was September 11, 2001 and to me, I think the poem if from a child's point of view. The poem talks about being tucked in at night by their parent or wishing to be able to say "I love you" again, but they will never be able to do it.
Poem about the September 11, 2001 tragedy
If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
And pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
That I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
And call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
So I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
To stop and say "I love you,"
Instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
So I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
To make up for an oversight,
And we always get a second chance
To make everything just right.

There will always be another day
To say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
To say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
And today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
And I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
Young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
You get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
Why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
You'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
For a smile, a hug, or a kiss
And you were too busy to grant someone,
What turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
And whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
And that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
You'll have no regrets about today.
Author Unknown
Submitted by Nancy

This poem showcases Children of War because it is from a parents view of being with their child one last time and the things the would do if they knew they were doing to die. It talks about how tomorrow is not promised to anyone to make sure you hold your loved ones tight. It says that the parents i nthe poem would love to tuck thier child in bed one last time or even say "I love you" again. I think this poem is meant to say to take advantage of life and the people that love you. From a child's point of view, I think that it means that they should also take advantage of spare time with their parents and to not take anything for granted.

Poem: Children & War by Richard Ellis

Children & war.
The dark battle is over,
Bombs and shells had rained down,
On the enemy soldiers who were ensconced,
In the heart of a small town.
Helpless citizens, women and children,
Had taken what shelter they could,
But bombs and shells do not discriminate,
And many died where they stood.
A young child sits and trembles,
From the trauma of bombs in the night;
Amid the aftermath of war's chaos,
And though he is the enemy's child,
Feels pity for the young one's loss.
Too traumatized to even cry,
The child blankly stares into the smokey pall,
And offering water and gentle comfort,
The soldier feels a teardrop fall.

It is his own; he cannot restrain,
Though hardened as he is by war's fright;
His long pent-up emotions come out,
In compassion for the child's plight.
Why must children experience war,
Why can't they be kept safe?
If the nations must fight each other,
Put the children in a safe place.
Consideration for their innocent lives,
Is last, it seems, to be thought about,
But when men and nations go to war,
The children cannot be left out.
Even when safe in their homes,
Far from the war's deadly churn,
Children suffer from longing,
For parents who will never return.
Whether safe in their beds far from the war,
Or in the midst of a battle's din,
Our compassion should be for little children,
Whom Christ says are without sin.

This poem showcases Children of War because it is from the point of view of a child in actual war. Bombs are going off and exploding everywhere, women and children are racing to try to find some sort of shelter to protect them. It also states that the child cannot restrain and questions why children need to witness war, it asks why can't nations come together to put these children in a safer place to protect their innocent lives. It says that even when safe in their homes, far from the war's deadly churn, children suffer from longing., for parents who will never return. In this portion of the poem, I think that the author is trying to tell us that children cannot escape war, it is all around them and they will be scared for life (especially if thier parent(s) are killed during the war.

Song Lyrics to the song Child Soldiers By Mick Terry

His first contact with an AK,
at the ripe old age- of five,
was the murder of his father outside- their door
by three rebels having a hey-day
as they plundered his- whole tribe,
all- in the names of politics, God- and war.

His mother, beaten & savaged,
had so bravely tried- to fight,
couldn't save his older brothers, both dragged- away.
Through the next two rainy seasons,
he could barely sleep- at night
'til a warring faction came to make him- their slave.

CHILDREN OF WAR, just puppy sol-diers.
A much less visible target, but still all trained- to kill.
CHILDREN OF WAR, just puppy sol-diers.
They're just little boys with grownup toys,
playing war that's all- too real.

They drilled him with wooden rifles,
drugging him to follow commands
with a sergeant barely older than his- own age.
& they showed him tricks of survival
in the forests &- the sands.
And they filled his growing heart with a lot- of hate.


"Hey, this be fun-. All this killing and fighting.
Yes I lose some friends, but we not that close.
Hey, this be fun-. For sure, it be exciting.
But it be my two big brothers I miss most."

Through sickness, death & attrition,
he progressed up through- the ranks.
By the age of thirteen, he was Lieuten-ant Duan.
& he never knew both his brothers
were both soldiers in- a tank
that his RPG took out early one- gray dawn.


This poem is from It represents Children of War in that it talks about how they are jusy "puppy soldiers" which makes me think that the author uses puppy because it is a young dog, without much knowledge, much like a child is. In the first two paragraphs the main character saw his father's dead body on his front door, this mother was beaten and the child couldn't save his brothers from being draged away. The third paragraph says teh puppy solider is less visible but is trained to kill. To me this basically means that children are small and the enemy is less likely to se them but since the chilren are trained to kill it gives that side the advantage.

The New York Times: Article on the attackNew York Times Article

In this article about the 9/11 attacks, it talks about where all four planes had crashed and the number of deaths of that morning (3,000). It also talks about how terrorism is shattering nerves everywhere around the world.

The Day The World Stood Still by Mick Terry Song Lyrics September 11, 2001
This song showcases children in war because it "taking place" after September 11, 2001 and people remembering that day and where they were when they first heard about the attacks. It talks about how it was hard to fall asleep that night, knowing that a nightmare was just brought upon our nation. I don't think this article was taken from a young child, I think it is a teenager or a child who actually knew what was going on and who could feel the fear from terrorism.

Definition: War
My own definition of war is a rivalry betwee ntwo opposing sides. War doesn't always necessarily need shooting at otehr people, but it could be a war between a parents and a child, a war between two sports teams to wi nthe metal, or even war in politics.

"Troops Kids Feel War Toll" By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY

  • This article describes how children with parents involved in war still today have increased fears, anxiety and behavioral problems. It shows how war effects families and children alike.

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This image of a young girl states that she will never forget 9/11. She probably lost a loved on or family member on that day that will never be forgotten.
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I think that many children suffering from war resort to suicide. To them, it probably is the only way they think they can get out and to stop the suffering.

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To be honest, I don't like this photo. It's pretty scarey to think that some place in the world, in a differnt country, a child is running around will a real life, loaded gun and is shooting at person. But I honestly don't think that children who are soliders in war really have a choice to do it or not. Maybe it's kill person or be killed themselves? Could it be thier only hope of survival?

A child saying goodbye to her dad who is going off to war, images like these are frequent in the media and news and show one of the most stressful parts of war for a family, this relates to the topic of children of war because it shows the emotions a child goes throw when a parent is deployed to war.
A child saying goodbye to her dad who is going off to war, images like these are frequent in the media and news and show one of the most stressful parts of war for a family, this relates to the topic of children of war because it shows the emotions a child goes throw when a parent is deployed to war.

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Children are often captured and made to fight in areas of conflict in Africa. Including areas like Sierra Leone. This picture shows how children are also directally involved in wars themselves.
Children are often captured and made to fight in areas of conflict in Africa. Including areas like Sierra Leone. This picture shows how children are also directally involved in wars themselves.

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"Displaced children playing in Taji refugee camp in northern Baghdad. Their families fled their houses during the sectarian violence." This image relates to the topic children of war because it shows that children's families and lives can be torn apart by war.
"Displaced children playing in Taji refugee camp in northern Baghdad. Their families fled their houses during the sectarian violence." This image relates to the topic children of war because it shows that children's families and lives can be torn apart by war.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

-The next time I heard hid voice was when I cam home from school the next day. We were let out early, because of what happened.
I wasn't even a little bit panicky, becasuse both Mom and Dad worked in midtown, and Grandma didn't work, obviously, so everyone I loved was safe.

Message one. Tuesday, 8:52 A.M. Is anyone there? Hello? It's Dad. If you're there, pick up. I just tried the office, but no one was picking up. Listen, domething's happened. I'm OK. They're telling us to stay where we are and wait for the firemen. I'm sure it's fine. I'll give you another call when I have a better idea of what's going on. Just wanted to let you know that I'm OK, and not to worry. I'll call again soon.

There were four messages from him: one at 9:12, one at 9:31, one at 9:46, and one at 10:04. I listened to them, and listened to them to think or feel, the phone started ringing. It was 10:26:47. I looked at he caller ID and saw that it was him (14-15)

-"I've timed the message, and it's one minute and twenty-seven seconds long. Which means it ended at 10:28. Which was when the building came down. SO maybe that's how he died." (302)

Ishmel Beah and his novel "A Long Way Gone"
Ishmel Beah and his novel "A Long Way Gone"
Quotes from Ishmael Beah's novel A Long Way Gone

  • "We would have been less hungry if we stayed at the village instead of walking the miles to Mattru Jong and back. I wanted to blame someone for this particular predicament, but there was no one to be blamed. We had made a logical decision and it had come this. It was a typical aspect of being in the war. Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one has any control over anything." (29)

  • "When I was very little, my father used to say, "If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If these is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die." I thought about these words durring my journey, and they kept me moving even when I didn't know where I was going. These words became the vehicle that drove my spirit foward and made it stay alive." (54)

  • Our innocence had been replaced by fear and we had become monsters." (55)

Children in war doesn't just have an emotional effect on them. According to, war and political upheaval have been tearing whole countries apart and this is a form of violence that is sucking in ever-large numbers of children. Recent developments in warfare have significantly increased the dangers for children. During the last decade it is estimated that child victims have included:

2 million killed
4-5 million injured/disabled
12 million left homeless
more than 1 million orphaned or separated from their parents
around 10 million pyschologically traumatized

"Families and children are not just getting caught in the crossfire, they are also likely to be specific targets. This is because many contemporary struggles are between different ethnic groups in the same country or in former States. When ethnic loyalties prevail, a perilous logic clicks in. The escalation from ethnic superiority to ethnic cleansing to genocide, as we have seen, can become an irresistible process. Killing adults is then not enough; future generations of the enemy—their children—must also be eliminated. As one political commentator ex-pressed it in a 1994 radio broadcast before violence erupted in Rwanda, 'To kill the big rats, you have to kill the little rats.' " This is a quote from one of the officers saying how children are basically worthless and how killing adults is not enough. I thin kthat the is disgusting, I mean what kind of person calls children rats and that they should be killed like little rats.

Books about Children at War:
Children at War By P.W. Signer
This book is about Over six million child combatants were killed or injured in the past decade. In this groundbreaking and comprehensive study, Singer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and former adviser to the U.S. military, explores the rise and expansion of child soldiery. Children, Singer finds, enter armies and militias in numerous ways: as voluntary soldiers, indoctrinated to kill; as involuntary soldiers, forced into the militia or military by cruel adults; as child-terrorists; as members of all-child armies (such as the Hitler Youth); and as sexual slaves for superior officers (

Chilren of War: Vocies of Iraqi Refugees By Deborah Ellis
Book Summary from
Five years have passed since the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq, and true democracy has yet to come. Four million Iraqis have been displaced; half are living in desolate tent camps, the others mostly stuck in Jordan and Syrian. All face uncertain futures. In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the war's most tragic victims — Iraqi children. She interviews more than 20 young Iraqis, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few trying to build new lives in North America. Some families left Iraq with money; others are penniless, ill, or disabled. Most of the parents are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat. The children speak for themselves, with little editorial comment, and their stories are frank, harrowing, and often reveal a surprising resilience in surviving the consequences of a war in which they played no part.

The website below suggests ways to help children who have been effected by war

How I live Now is about love and survival and growing up and learning to live with what was lost, with what was seen, with what can no longer be helped.

This is a quote from the book.

It was the first time in as long as I could remember that hunger wasn’t a punishment or a crime or a weapon or a form of self-destruction.
It was simply a way of being in love.
Sometimes I thought hours had passed when really it was minutes. Sometimes we fell asleep and then woke up to finish where we’d left off. Sometimes I felt like I was being consumed from within like a person with one of those freak diseases where you digest your own stomach. And sometimes we had to stop, just because we were raw and exhausted and still humming humming humming with something we didn’t even have the strength left to do anything about.

Their Aunt had left the country, so they were left to live life on their own. They were left to deal with the consequences of war. Until these men came to the house and found them. They were treated very badly and separated.