Child Soldiers White Paper Teaser


In my French class this semester, Francophone Africa, we read a 400-page novel entitled, Johnny Chien Méchant, translated to mean Johnny Mad Dog. The plot follows a 16-year-old boy, recruited into the army at a young age, who desperately searches for his individual identity beneath the overwhelming presence of a militant organization. The psychological journey of this teen both fascinated and saddened me. I decided to delve deeper into the conflict of child soldiers to learn about the current regulation, prospects for improvement and the overall environment of the problem. Continue reading

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Child Soldiers – Societal Impact


Using children in war efforts has a larger impact on society than either of the other subjects. It creates a sense of fear among children not abducted or recruited; it creates a sense of entitlement and loss of childhood for those who are used in the efforts; and it changes how parents, friends and families view their children. In an article I found by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, I learned that “more than 33,000 child soldiers have been demobilized in DRC since 2004.” And this is only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The efforts to reintegrate child soldiers back into their old lives presents a difficult task – they are basically brainwashed, tortured, and desensitized while in the army. Girls are raped and when they return, are often viewed as prostitutes. Neither boys nor girls understand the idea of sharing or losing and have to be reintroduced to the simple lessons of childhood. Afterall, their childhood is stripped away from them when they join the army – whether it be by choice or by force.

Around the world, individuals and corporations are becoming increasingly aware of the issue of child soldiers and are financially supporting the cause. The Kony 2012 video was introduced by just one of the many organizations that are fighting to bring awareness to communities around the world and bring aid to the children in need.

Child Soldiers


Although there are no exact figures, hundreds of thousands of children under the age of 18 serve in government forces or armed rebel groups. Some are as young as eight years old (hrw). Children are typically used in three ways: as active participants in hostilities (child soldiers), as support roles (porters, spies, messengers, look outs), or they can be used for political advantage either as human shields or in propaganda (wiki).

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The BGS Yearbook Superlatives


By: Alex Campolong, Alyssa Dunn, Stephanie Janson and Rachel Litt

Most Athletic – Michael Wald

Most Likely to Max Out a Credit Card – Mary Houston

Best Use of Images – Stephanie Janson

Most Likely to Blow the Whistle – Mike KehrliMost Philosophical – Austin Kevich

Best Smile (Eyes Up Here) – Courtney Kelly

Most Likely to Succeed (on Paper 2) – Alex Benoit

Most Likely to Invite Criticism – Foster Perlmutter

 Most Likely to Forget to Post – Joe Velli

A relationship deserving monogamy


Google.

We’ve read about it in the news. We’ve used the search engine for years. We’ve logged on just to see the cool logo designs chosen for each holiday.

I have been a devoted Googler for years. Founded in 1998, it’s entire existence has been during my lifetime. We grew up together. I started using the computer for more than drawing in Paint around the same time that it became a noteworthy search engine. It became a part of my daily routine. Continue reading