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Bullet riddled destiny!
Millions of young hands are learning to press the trigger...
09/08/2007

War has been an indispensable aspect of our history. Inspite of the best intentions, the bare fact still remains that it has been successful in spreading its tentacles much deep into our social milieu & afflicting most innocent creatures of this biosphere.

Sadly, the era of using children as foot soldiers would still take long time to be a bygone. For the militias & war mongering merceneries, it makes sense to recruit children as their demands are minimal, they can be indoctrinated fairly quickly & they never revolt. Who cares for the fact that this inhuman approach not only deprives these innocent lives of their childhood but keeps an indelible & haunting mark in their memoirs making them mentally unfit for a society, long after the physical war is over. Loss of eyesight & limbs have become a norm than an exception. Most cannot even afford to get their children operated & thus many still have bullets wedged inside their bodies. At any point of time about 300,000 kids are involved in some kind of war or conflict in more than 85 countries. Some are yet to cross their tenth year on Earth. As of now, Africa alone has more than 200,000 child soldiers involved in wars & armed conflicts in Burundi, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, & Uganda. As if all these were not enough that an additional 500,000 children are estimated to be involved in paramilitary groups in almost all continents of the world. The worst suffers are the fairer sex, as many girl soldiers (40% of total) are recruited to provide sexual services & are even raped & gang raped in the war camps repeatedly. Such reports no wonder often go unreported or at best ignored.

This stark reality of millions of kids in this word is incidentally a stark contrast to the affluence that an equal number grow up in developed world. Forget the digital divide, unless steps are taken to restore some sort of parity, be prepared for the coming apocalypse.

By:- B&E
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