The Loss of Innocence

By: Jennifer Fierberg The use of child soldiers in combat has gone on for centuries. Not only are boys recruited for various combat tasks girls are also forced into combat situations as cooks, sex slaves, human shields and other demeaning activities. In order to enslave a child in this way they must first be broken down physically, mentally, sexually and morally in order to be effective in their duties. The 2004 Child Soldiers global report reported one estimate put the number of children involved in armed conflict including combat roles…

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