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  •  A little off topic, but related (4.00)
    I did a paper on child soldiers for my human rights class--it was one of the most depressing things I've ever written. In fact, there's a new book out now about child soldiers, but I can usually only read a few pages at a time before feeling hopeless.

    My paper ended up being about the complete injustice these children face--not only are they shattered by the violence around them, the countries have been debating what to do with them once they're out of the battles.  Some countries held these kids (some as young as 4 or 5) in prisons with adults, and they wanted to try them as adults--often holding them for months or years before trials.  However, some other countries took other approaches, such as cleansing rituals which depend on the local community, and their rates of reabsorbtion into society have been much higher.  

    I guess my point is that it's amazing that people think children can and should be treated the same as adults--most of these kids (and I'm including the juveniles in this country too) are where they're at because ADULTS failed them, and then the system fails them once again.  I'm not sure what the answer is--but it just seems really unfair that the deck is so stacked against rehabilitation.

    There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

    by SairaLV on Tue Jun 14, 2005 at 10:19:30 AM PDT

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