Child Soldiers

I was researching more about my country and I came upon something that reminded me of the movie that I had just recently watch, Blood Diamond. In Somalia children are being recruited to become a soldier, and some joined because they wanted to. Al Shabab, the famous rebel group took part into getting these child soldiers to fight against the government. Some of these child soldiers work for a group called the Transnational Federal Government in Somalia and their weapons are partially funded by the American taxpayer. Some of these children are as young as nine years old.

I have read about child soldiers and I’ve watched movies on it but it still can’t believe that it is still happening today. Their childhood is being ruined, and instead of them enjoying it they are being exposed to guns, smoking, drugs and alcohol. I can’t imagine having a childhood like theirs in Somalia.