4. Militarization and Presence of Persistent Violence in the Society

Militarization and persistent violence in the society have also important roles to play in the issue involving child soldiers. As the research shows, militarization of a daily life (such as significant increase in the number of armed police or soldiers in the streets, roads, public buildings) gradually creates an acceptance within the society4. Moreover, the spread of violence, as one of the consequences of militarization, creates conditions under which a child is more eager to volunteer to be a fighter. As shown by Massey4,  many children after experiencing violence (executions, disappearances, killings, rape, torture) often result in the desire for revenge.

 

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