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A look at the lives of a child soldier.
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BBC News | WORLD | Child soldiers banned by UN law

BBC News | WORLD | Child soldiers banned by UN law | Child Soldiers - "Little Soldier" | Scoop.it
A UN treaty comes into force banning children being drafted into combat, in an effort to reduce the estimated 300,000 currently fighting.
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This news article from the BBC talks about the banning of child soldiers under United Nations law. There are a estimate of 300,000 child soldiers over thirty-five countries, and over 95 countries have now signed the law and is now currently in effect. If this law had been passed at the time of the conflict in the book it may have prevented it from even happening in the first place.

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Invisible Children Pt (2/6)

The second part of the Invisible Children Documentary about the Ugandan Children. New Parts Coming Soon. I do not own the rights for Invisible Children or am...
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This is one of six clips from the film "Invisble Children". This documentery gives us a look into the life of the children affected by war in Uganda.

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Little Soldier (Black Apples) by Ashley, Bernard published by Orchard (1999) [Paperback]: --N/A--: Amazon.com: Books

Little Soldier (Black Apples) by Ashley, Bernard published by Orchard (1999) [Paperback] [--N/A--] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
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 Kaninda (the main character who lives in a war-torn fictional country in
Africa) has his village invaded by a rebal tribe who murders everyone in
the town. To escape death Kaninda lays with the dead bodies of his mother, father, and baby sister. Kininda wants to seek revenge on the rebel tribe so he joins an army where he is trained to kill, and does kill. He is seperated from his group and found by the red cross. The red cross takes him in and bring him to a group called Gods Force in London where they take in children of war. Kaninda kept to him self and did not talk and  immediately started to plan an escape route back to his country so he could continue to seek revenge. Soon he learns that a boy from the rebel group has been brought to London as well. Kaninda starts to hang out with the wrong crowd and gets into gangs. He is then brought out of gang life with the help of the rebel boy whom he wanted to kill and a girl named Laura he sees his revenge cannot bring his family back and there is a chance for a new life here in London.

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Red Cross Support

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This resource article is on the history of the Red Cross. The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the official name of the life saving
organization which was first started in the 1860's. It was originally started to help save the injured men on the battle field in regions in Europe, but now is primarily used to give civilian aid in natural disasters and war zones. The International Committee of the Red Cross is a non-profit organization and provide humanitarian aid to all countries across the globe all people in need.

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Damaging Aftermath

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 The article talks about the gangs of London and how they are taking control of the city. It shows alarming statistics of gang violence and how many gangs there are in London alone. The youth is being drawn into gang life and are participating in more violent crimes every year. There has been a 9.5% increase in youth gang activity since last year and 88% of those gangs are violent. Gangs are appealing to kids who feel they don't fit in and want a sense of belonging.

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War Child

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In the mid-1980s, Emmanuel Jal was a seven year old Sudanese boy, living in a small village with his parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. But as Sudan?s civil war moved closer?
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I would want to read this because it is just like my book in the way thatthey are not only both child soldiers but both saved by British aid aswell. But this story is true, not fiction which i do prefer. It should give a more in depth insight on the life of a child soldier and how he over came the ordeal.

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Child Soldiers

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 This resource article tells about the human rights issue of children used as soldiers in war. It describes the situations child soldiers have been in and how protocols have been put in place to prevent the use of children in war and the organizations which have been created to protect the children. In 1996 the UN did a study on how armed conflict impacts children and how justice should be pursued. They talked about of everything should be done in the best interest of the child. which is why the UN developed departments such as the United Nations Children Fund that bring children to safety and provide humanitarian needs.

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Studies Explore Effects of War on Former Child Soldiers

Two studies found that how child soldiers adapt upon returning home depends on the communities they return to.
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This article has shocking statistics that shed light on what a child soldier would go through as he returns home from war. The article states that an alarming 90% off all child soldiers have experienced violent conflict and 2/3 will return with severe mental and emotional trauma.

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Map of Africa

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Some areas unchanged for centuries......