Friday, 6 December 2013

Our Research on Conflict and Children

The area of conflict that affects children most notably is the way in which they are used as soldiers. Over half of the worlds child soldiers are in Africa. The end credits of the movie 'Blood Diamond' state that "there are still 200,000 child soldiers in Africa", some of these children are orphaned by AIDS and have no alternatives apart from partaking in warfare. Others have been tricked into joining, been forced into it due to extreme poverty, been sold by there parents or been kidnapped.
We had been drawn to this topic after we watched this disturbing online documentary on civil war in Liberia which illustrated the effects on children that followed conflict. (It is pretty gruesome so beware).

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