Mike B.
Melissa P.
David S.

Children in War are kids under the age of 19, who normally would need ther parents around, who are forced into being hurt by conflicts and troublsome wars that seem to take place in there lives. Children of war are hurt in so many ways including mental, emotional, social, eccenomicly, and moraly. children who loose important people in their lives tend to greive over them, are are forced to change lives, gain new fears similar or related to how that important person died, and even are sometimes the one who is in the war doing the killing.


From a child’s point of view , war means that there will be a separation from the parent leaving to go into service. In the book How I Live Now, five children Osbert, Daisy, Edmond, Isaac and Piper were forced to leave the house they were living in. They had no parents to take care of them because Aunt Penn had to go away for work. The children got separated into two different groups which was very hard for them because they cared for each other a lot and depended on each other to live.

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CHILDREN OF WAR by Gary Jacobson

"A child's eyes are pools of wonderment, So big, So Innocent, So full of hurt, Where there should be delight, Stagnant emptiness, Their vacant faces, Gazing with blank stares, Unfathomable terrors surrounding them, Horrors abounding in their grown-up world"

  • This is just a part of a poem that relates to the lives of children during wartime. Children stuck in this position don't know what to do and are forced to obey what others tell them. Although it makes these children stronger in the future, war is not something someone so young should have to deal with.



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The book "Coming Home " by John Legend alone relates a lot to How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. A soldier misses his family, and he says one day he'll come. Piper and Daisy walk miles and miles with little food going through obstacles to reunite with the rest of their family. At night time they need to find shelter, and during the day they need to keep from being seen by other people. Through their journey they are sore, dirty and tired but eventually make it home.

  • "Both of us had feet covered in raw and half-healed blisters and raised scratches on our arms and legs from being too tired to hold back thorn bushes that got in our way and insect bites we'd scratch till they bled...Aside from that we were both covered in bruises from sleeping on stones." Pg. 130




The book "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" by johnathan Safran Foer, a boy name Oscar looses his father in the 9/11 attack that we all have nightmeres about. After his father's death, he doesn't act the same. He gets obsesed and emotional with thoughts of his dad. Has fears of all public transportation and elevaitors. Children who loose people they loved due to war are never the same again, with loss, sarrow, longing, and fear for what could happen to others or them selvs.


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EFFECTS OF WAR ON CHILDREN

Children mostly deal with starvation and disease. They are often ignored and neglected which leads them with little to eat or drink. If they do get something to eat or drink, usually it's conaminated giving them diseases and infections. They are also tortured by being raped and beaten by soldiers. Many children who take part in war either get injured or killed. They also have to witness others being killed including their families. Being forced as a child soldier to shoot someone else can also have a horrific effect on that child. This can lead to post traumatic stress disorder which include violent flashbacks, trouble sleeping and functioning in society. <soldiers.http://studentorgs.umf.maine.edu/~pos136-6/effects.htm>

Daisy's cousin Edmond in How I Live Now was a normal kid before the war happened. After Daisy got to see him again about 6 years later she noticed that he had changed and it had been because of what he'd gone through during the war. Edmond is socially damaged and is still healing. It took a lot for him to start gardening again or just getting him to motivate from sitting in his chair all day. He doesn't like to talk about how he escaped and almost died of starvation, or how he suffered to get back home on his own being sick.


  • "He wouldn't speak at all or tell them what happened. Not for a year." Pg. 188
  • "He locked it inside and this is how it comes out" Pg. 191



A group called Invisible Children go around the USA talking about the war in africa that has children being brainwashed into fighting or children fighting just to live. The children suffer as does the comunitys of africa due the fighting that breaks out and the endless stream of blood from both young and old. Invisible children are trying to stop the war in uganda africa and are doing all they can to help the kids.

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Mike B.
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The book A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, is an autobiography written about his life as a boy soldier. He lived in Sierra Leone, a country plagued by civil war. At the age of thirteen he was picked up by the countries army and began fighting. He became addicted to drugs, and killing. At the age of 16 he was taken out of the fighting by UNICEF and began a long road to recovery. Now he travels the world talking about the effects of fighting on children, and tries to prevent it from happening.


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In this political cartoon, the effects of war on children is shown. For some people, using children to fight their battles is not something that may bother them. These kids are just an expendable resource in which more can always be found to continue fighting. But these boys are a part of families, they are someone's son, someone's brother. It is not worth losing such an innocent life over a conflict in which they may know nothing about. In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael was forced to fight because if he did not, there would be no food available for him to eat, and if he didn't decide to fight for the army, the rebels would have either forced him to fight, or have just killed him.



UNICEF, or The United Nation's Children Fund is an organization dedicated to helping children who are in need around the world. They help release children that are fighting in conflicts, however they also help children all over who are sick, or need medical attention, food, etc. They have been around for over 60 years, since the end of WWII. In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael is liberated by UNICEF, and taken out of the fighting. At first he is not happy about leaving the fighting, and abandoning his brothers, but in the end he is thankful for their care.



"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." - Mahatma Ghandi.

This quote is truly inspiring. The meaning of this quote is not exactly what has to do with the book I have read. However, a lesson could be learned by it. The nations that are using these children to fight their wars, do not see the damage they are causing. This quote is all about stopping war, and the way to do that is to start with the children of today's society. We are the future, and if we want to rid ourselves of war, we have to make that decision now. Although we cannot make others decisions for them, each person can do their own part to diminish war all together.



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Unfortunately, embedding of this video was disabled, but I thought it was a necessary video to post. It is a recount of the civil war in Sierra Leone, the same war that Ishmael Beah went through in A Long Way Gone. The video describes the horrors and troubles that the country goes through because of this war, and in particular that of an 11 year old boy who's father was killed in the war. Watching this video made me relive scenes from the book because I now know what the places he would describe look like, and I can see now the way people in Sierra Leone live. If you would like to get an in depth look into the conflict in Sierra Leone, this is the video to do it with.