Impact on Society

Long lasting violence have an influence on children’s moral development, which further causes them to adapt into social affairs. As shown by Massey1, children that have experienced violence are more likely to be involved in further conflicts. Also, Tynes2 raises the same concern, expressing that “the cycle of war and child soldier use will be repeated, youth will return back to an institution that offers more stability for them—thuggery or even armed conflict. Any war or conflict has a great impact on the human capital, as the countries experiencing it will be lacking productivity and growth for a long time3. These potential impacts pose dangers for a countries’ long-term stability3. As the French foreign minister uttered at a 2007 U.N. conference, young militants are “a time bomb that threatens stability and growth,…… lost for peace and lost for the development of their countries”4.

See Physical Impacts

See Psychological Impacts

See Educational Impacts

Footnotes:

1 Massey, Ch. M. (2000). Child soldiers: theory and reality of their existence: the question of international protection available to them in contemporary times. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

2 Tynes, R. M. (2011). Child soldiers, armed conflicts, and tactical innovations. State University of New York at Albany). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 344.

3 Blattman, C.& Annan, J. (2007). The Consequences of Child Soldiering. Households in Conflict Working Paper, No. 22.

4 BBC, ‘‘Child Soldiers Are a Time Bomb,’’ BBC News (2007).

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