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The firing squad who botched the job: Somalia executes two former government soldiers accused of murder to prove to West it is clamping down on lawlessness

The firing squad who botched the job: Somalia executes two former government soldiers accused of murder to prove to West it is clamping down on lawlessness | Little Soldier Africa | Scoop.it
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Dozens of people watched as 15 soldiers opened fire on two former colleagues who had been blindfolded and tied to poles. The bodies were then buried in a field in the capital Mogadishu.
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 This is horrible because this is how many kids were trained to become killers. They are told to use aggression that they have against the people that killed their friends to kill the people. Also they use brown brown to mess with the kids heads to get them to just kill.

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Child Soldiers Freed In Central African Republic Struggle To Adapt

Child Soldiers Freed In Central African Republic Struggle To Adapt | Little Soldier Africa | Scoop.it
The U.N. has negotiated the release of more than 1,000 child soldiers in CAR. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Alexandra Zavis, a reporter who met with some of the former child fighters.
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This article connects to the story because it is the freeing of the children soldiers. I believe that this is a great feat because they are saving so many from the violence that they were facing. I hope that they continue to rescue children and take them out of the war just like Kaninda was rescued.

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Sierra Leone's Cocaine-Drugged Child Soldiers - YouTube

Children of War (2000): This is the story of the child soldiers who were drugged with cocaine to make them fight in a war fuelled by blood diamonds, and the ...
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This documentary depicts the life that children soldiers have to go through. I starts from the beginning saying how they became soldiers then goes on to their freedom from fighting.
It connects to the story because many children had their parents killed then they began fighting. Also it shows the complete brutality the kids saw and went through. it also connects because it shows how they get taken out of the fighting.

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This article shows that people are willing to help get the children out of the war, but it doesn't cover the other side showing what it does to the kids. I believe that it is good that they are helping get the kids out of the situations but they need to see if the child really wants to leave. This also talks about how the celebrities may give to them but they really dont give that much of there money to it just a little to get the headlines. 
This article connects to the story because they are helping take the soldiers out of combat and get them back to normal. The efforts are greatly appreciated because they hopefully give the kids a fresh start that they will be safe in. 

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Child Fighter

Child Fighter | Little Soldier Africa | Scoop.it
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This relates to my story because there was lots of violence. He was exposed to death and killing on a daily basis. This picture depicts what he would have looked like fighting. I am disturbed by this photo because I do not believe that it is right for these kids to be killing people like this.

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Amazon.com: Little Soldier eBook: Bernard Ashley: Kindle Store

Little Soldier - Kindle edition by Bernard Ashley. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Little Soldier.
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Kaninda is a boy from Kibu, Africa were his family lived. One day while the family was home, his parents and sibling were gunned down by government troop. Kaninda was still alive but pretented to be dead to survive the attack. He was rescued by a God Force family, who then took care of him. This family lived in England, which Kaninda did not want to go to because he wanted to get revenge for what happened to his family. Throughout the story he struggles with wanting revenge and wanting to go back and kill those who killed his parents. Eventually he gets his mind straight and figures he does not need to run away to become normal again.


The main scopes of this story are what is wrong with having child soldiers, the problem of taking the kids out of the war, and the problems with getting revenge. there are many things wrong with children being soldiers but the worst of it all is that they are mistreated as children. They are trained at a young age to be heartless killers with not even a second thought. A quote from the story says, "And within the count of three Kaninda lifted the weapon, took aim, and squeezed at the trigger... Like the living dead he walked toward Kaninda" (Ashley ix). This quote describes how the kids are turned in to heartless cold blooded killers. Another problem is the problem of taking the kids out of the war. "Kaninda turned away and looked out the window; shut her out. Over and between the roofs, he could see a river" (Ashley 10), this quote shows that he did not want to be in England but rather following the river to get him home.

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Child soldier's story grips Sudbury students

Child soldier's story grips Sudbury students | Little Soldier Africa | Scoop.it
Michel Chikwanine thought he was in trouble, but he had no idea how much.
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This article is crazy!!!! The fact that such young kids were being taken right from their homes then started to kill their friends. I feel that this is horrible because kids should not be forced to fight and kill people at that young age. Luckily people are helping the child soldiers and trying to take them out of the fighting.

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Looking Into The Future

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I used this photo because it shows what a child soldier can become. after being rescued and the hard transition he became a very good man who now has his story being put everywhere. This does not happen to all of the child soldiers but it gives them a new life to look forward too. This is incredible to me because of his horrible background that he was able to come out and have a fresh start.

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Our History | War Child - The charity for children affected by war

Our History | War Child - The charity for children affected by war | Little Soldier Africa | Scoop.it
Our history War Child was founded in 1993 by film-makers David Wilson and Bill Leeson. Whilst on assignment in the former Yugoslavia they were shocked by the way children’s lives were being torn apart by the conflict. When they returned home they were further shocked by politicians’ apathy towards the massacres and ‘ethnic cleansing’ taking place on their European doorstep.
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This group goes into the bad areas and helps the children. They go in to bad areas and help educate them, feed them, and helps pay for their expenses. They build school to help educate the kids and pay for the teachers. Also they feed the kids when they cant get food for themselves. Finally they help to pay for their expenses so they dont keep losing money.
This connects to the story because it helps the children in need. They help to get the kids back on their feet so they have a fighting chance to become a normal human being. This is like the group that saved Kaninda from Africa and all the warfare.

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There is a problem with having children brought into warfare in Africa. There are children as young as 9 being forced and drafted to fight throughout their home countries. It is horrible because the schools that the children go to are just like recruitment centers. Here children are scoped out for how they may do in the war and fighting. With all of the fighting and issues through out Africa the rebels need all the soldiers they need so the children is all they have left.
This connects with the story because it shows the problem with the child soldiers. It is just like the story because it has many problems with the young kids that fight. It also talks a lot about the refugees, which is also a part in the book because he goes to a refugee school in London.

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Map of Lasai

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The story takes place in a fiction place called Lasai which is believed to actually be Masai. this region is in the eastern part of Africa in Kenya. This area is very tribal area. If you were to go there you would see many herds of live stock grazing and the tribal men doing business.

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