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  • 1. Children are innocent beings. They are mislead and taken advantage bypeople, especially adults; for exploitation. It’s horrible to see that countriesare failing to protect the future and ruining the lives of children. Childrendeserve all things that life has to offer. It is hard to imagine a children beinghappy living in a war torn country. Conflicts and atrocities have an impacton any individual, which ranges from nightmares to severe psychologicalproblems. It is no wonder that there is a greater impact on children whohave been witnesses to war.Children have nowhere to go but stay in their country and feel preyed onpeople trying to take advantage on them. Whether it is prostitution orjoining a military, children in war torn countries are forced to do thingsagainst their will; which is completely unacceptable. Countries have theresponsibility to protect their citizens and most notably the children. Theyare the most vulnerable and could be used for anything as they are stillyoung and flexible to do things that adults won’t do. This completely isunacceptable because these children have the right to a life and education.They have the right to succeed and achieve their dreams. Being a casualtyof war shatters all hopes and dreams.Children from previous wars, in the case of world war II; had everythingtaken from them because they were of a different ethnicity and subject tocruel punishment. It is horrifying to hear that soldiers will punish childrenfor things that they haven’t committed and treat them like salves, not treatthem like normal human beings should be treated. Children exposed toatrocities and conflicts from all different wars have one thing in commonand that is the psychological pain that they suffer from being a victim of theheinous acts of awful individuals that exploit children for their own benefit.As said in War Stories,” Being so young, I [wasnt] particularly afraid. I didanticipate the possibility of being able to gather some shrapnel from thebombs and shells from antiaircraft guns in the morning to add to mycollection!”.Children living in poverty are the most vulnerable as they have nowhere torun but to stay where they are, and do unthinkable things that leave animpact on their development. Exposure to war impacts all children in wartorn or developing countries. In these developing countries, children aren’ttold of what is providing to them and their rights. Boys are usually forced tojoin the military and fight in the frontlines as human shields. Girls areabused and raped by individuals and soldiers. They have no opportunity tostrive in society. They have to constantly be hoping for things to get better.Children will often have lack of trust/ability to relate appropriately toadults. They will be fearful of a particular gender, given the example of girlsbeing exploited, they would be fearful of males. The constant hostileatmosphere will hamper any success in thriving. As most children arevulnerable, they are prone to please adults and do as they are told to feelnot left out. Children that see that there is no way out, will start thinking
  • 2. about ending their lives to remove the suffering or trying to oppress their feelings through drugs and alcohol. Children are the future of society and shouldn’t be treated like slaves. It is horrible to see how adults are able to take advantage of children. It is hard for children to recuperate but some have hopes, like Kamara when she said that,"I try to forget. I live day by day."There is UN legislation that states that countries are responsible for the wellbeing of children. This is often neglected as most countries with wars aredeveloping countries where they disregard any delegation from the UN. NorthAmerican and Europeans have spoken out against countries where children aretreated unfairly. Countries have established adoption services where childrencan find a better place to start their lives all over again. Countries are bannedfrom giving aid to these countries where child soldiers are used because it fallsupon vicarious responsibility. Developed countries should try helping countrieswith such problems to help save the children and provide constant pressure tothese countries to step up protection for the children. List of resources The article ‘The New Generation ‘, written by Peter Lancaster; examines how children are caught in the crossfire with the various conflicts in the Middle East. The article concentrates on the exposure of children to conflict and war, and the unfair consequences that child have to face every day. Peter Lancaster outlines that children are the future but when they are placed in situations that is beyond their control because of war, they are victims of casualty. Children growing up in countries with conflict and war, substantial amount grow up in poverty. They aren’t given the opportunity to succeed or have fair chance to live their lives. The outcome of war and Conflicts burden the country and the people living in poverty are faced with constant problems to survive each and every day. Children have used by adults to things that a child shouldn’t be doing and are faced with trauma. Ethically, children should be given the right to live their precious lives and governments should do more to protect the children. War Stories, written by Julie Sarne; tells the conversation that she had with individuals who had witness the Second World War. Of all wars that have occurred, children have been the victim of violence. Children witness such horrible things that they won’t usually see because they are still growing up and don’t have a idea of why countries are fighting. Kids are exposed to violent carnage that comes out of war and children will always remember the horrible things and that leaves an imprint in their mind. Children have the most to lose and children have lost their family and friends, that has a impact on their development since they are still children. These children have nightmares of the brutal conflict that they faced everyday and the amount of hope that they wished for the violent conflicts to be over with.
  • 3. Victims of wars and atrocities have a chance to improve their lives andimmigrate to Canada. Victims have a difficult challenge at their task withadjusting to different atmosphere unlike the hostile environment that theycame from. Cynthia Reynolds’ article explores into how children from war-torn countries immigrate to Canada and adapt to the changes. Thesechildren have seen things that most children at their age aren’t supposed towitness. Reynolds shoes how the Canadian Government is trying to come tothe aid to these children and spread out these children throughout Canada.The problem with this is that these children have seen the unthinkable andsome have the difficulty to adapt to a new environment. More and moreindividuals are learning how to deal with children from war-torn countriesand help these children adapt to the Canada.The main casualties of war are children because they are used as soldiers orhuman shield. They are abused by others, often adults. Children are themost vulnerable. In the state of a war, they are often helpless and oftenpreyed by adults looking to exploit. This is a horrible atrocity as childrenare innocent as they can be and these adults demoralize these children bybasically taking their life away, either by rape, mutilation or etc. Childrenare tragic victims and the countries where the wars are occurring, fail toprotect them. Even though there is UN legislation that protect childrenfrom being abused, but that is toothless. In Grim Tolls on Children, writerSusan Mcclenland, explores in-depth to how children from war torncountries adjust to Canada.
  • 4. ReferencesMcClelland, S. (2003). A GRIM TOLL ON THE INNOCENT. Macleans, 116(19), 20Reynolds, C. (2004). CHILDREN OF WAR. Macleans, 118(1), 78.WAR STORIES. (cover story). (2007). Current Events, 106(25), 4.Lancaster, P. (2004). THE NEW GENERATION. (cover story). Middle East, (351), 8