There are some people who take pleasure in watching the world burn. A lot of African militia groups are like that. This article focuses on the most gruesome weapon these militia use: rape. Rape has been a problem in the world since the beginning when human beings have walked on the earth. In AK, the main character, Paul, was probably a victim of rape. He was a child soldier, and a lot of child soldiers are victims of rape.
Paul Kagomi's most precious possession is his AK - his gun. He is a Warrior, a boy soldier, trained for a terrible war in the African bu...
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Peter Dickinson’s AK is a book of adventure, war, and a teacher of how human conflicts have shaped the continent of Africa. In this story, in the country of Nagala, one of the poorest countries in Africa (it’s not even shown on the map), a young boy named Paul is orphaned by war and taken in and trained as a child soldier or has he prefers to be called a “warrior.” His only family he’s ever known is his squad and his commando named Michael Kagomi, who he considers as his father."My name is Paul Kagomi. I am your son. I will go to Tsheba.(Dickinson 30)" His most prized possession is his AK. He trusts it with his life as if it is a living thing. But when the war he was raised in is finally over, and a new government has been put up to keep the peace, and Michael has been given a spot in this new government. Paul must bury his AK and go to school. Michael then teaches Paul the world outside of the war, and how to live with it. The peace does not last however, and the government is overthrown and Michael arrested and thrown into prison. Paul and his new friend Jilli must set out to find his buried AK, and set out to rescue Michael.
Allan Gregg in conversation with...Ishmael Beah, Born in Sierra Leone, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a powerfully gripping story: At the age of twelv...
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Ishmael Beah, the author of the book A Long Way Gone, tells the story of his past and his life as a child soldier. Now 29 years old, he tells a powerful, gripping story. Ishmael lived a pretty normal life before the war. He went to school, played soccer, his dad showed him music, he lived in a normal house with his family, that seems very normal. But then the rebels attacked his village and he had to flee and got separated from his family. He, his brother, and a few of his friends had to run from the rebels. He encountered many horrible things on this journey. He witnessed an old man getting shot in the head, he got captured by a tribe who thought he and his friends were rebels, and he found out that his family was in a nearby village but when he got there, he saw that he was too late because the village was burned to the ground. After that, he just wanted to kill himself, until he was taken in by the army and trained to kill and ignore pain. For 2 years he was surrounded by war and bloodshed. Then he was rescued by a rehabilitation center and slowly began to recover from all the bloodshed. He hated it at first, but then he slowly became better. And now he is fully recovered and he has powerful story that he can tell the world for the rest of his life.
Child soldiers have been used years. They are used in many hotspots in the world. For the most part, all child soldiers are either recruited by force, or they have no where else to go. Plus, it's cheap to use child soldiers because they need less food, and you don't have to pay them at all. Also, children are easy to manipulate because they don't know any better. Many countries have banned the use of persons under the age of 18 in the armed forces, but it's still not enough. Organizations around the world are working to ban the use of child soldiers for good. With luck and hard work, they could stop the use of child soldiers and solve one of the world's biggest issues.
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This website is sponsored by an organization that tries to collect money to try to give help to all sorts of children around the world. Children are suffering and people should help them in whatever way they can. This website says that every day around 18,000 children will die because of diseases that are preventable, around 8,500 children and youth will be affected by HIV, 5,760 children will become orphans, and around 100,000 children will suffer at the hands of an abuser. That's a lot of children that need help.
The LRA has been a problem in Africa for many years. Over 350,000 civillians have been displaced because of the LRA. Over 45,00 civillians have been abducted, and over 23,00 have been killed by LRA. This was until the U.S.A. got involved The U.S.A. is trying to get in to try and stop the killing. The U.S. has sent over 100 military advisers to help these central African governments. Because of this, attacks have gone down 53 percent, and killings have decreased by 67 percent, and the LRA's forces have dwindled to only around 200 to 300 fighters. That's quite a change. They still are there however and the still are a problem in Africa. Hopefully the conflict will stop completely and the LRA will eventually disappear.
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