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  • 1. WHAT WERE YOU DOING WHEN YOU WERE 5 YEARS OLD?
  • 2. OR MAYBE
  • 3. Hundreds of thousands of children are used as child soldiers all over the world
  • 4. Some are as young as 5
  • 5.
  • 6. Children are vulnerable because of their emotional and physical immaturity.
    They are easily manipulated and drawn into violence that they are too young to resist or understand.
  • 7. IT’S NOT JUST BOYS…
  • 8. In Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uganda, a third or more of the child soldiers were reported to be girls
    Girls may be raped, or given to military commanders as "wives"
  • 9. Modern lightweightweapons and small arms are accessible and simply operated, allowing children to use them in place of adults
  • 10. Child soldiers are given cocaine and other drugs to help take the edge off…many become addicted
  • 11. Children are killed and wounded at far higher rates than their adultcomrades.
  • 12. Those who survive often suffer trauma, injury, abuse, and psychological scarring from the violence and brutality they experience.
    Some are rejected by their families and communities.
  • 13. Children are sometimes forced to commit atrocities against their own family to help ensure that the childis "stigmatized” and unable toreturn to hisor her homecommunity.
  • 14. WHEN THE SURVIORS RE-ENTER THE REAL WORLD…
  • 15. Withdrawal
    Disruptive Behavior
    Nightmares
    Irritability
    Regressive Behavior
    Pain of no medical basis
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Guilt
    Flashbacks
    Emotional Numbing
    Substance Abuse
  • 16. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) physically alters the brain of children
    Specifically the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and the amygdale
  • 17. THE STORY OF ONE CHILD SOLDIER
  • 18. Ishmael Beah
    At age 11, he witnessed the death of his family
    At age 13 he became a child soldier
  • 19. In 1997 Ishmael Beah was saved by UNICEF
    He wrote a book about his experiences called A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
  • 20. How can you help?
  • 21. Visit www.ChiSol.org for more information