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Child soldiers all over the world are being exploited and forced tofight The question is can child soldiers reconcile with theircommunities Child soldiers are forced into militias and face inerasabletrauma These young impressionable kids cannot be thrust back intotheir old communities like nothing has happened to them Their liveswill never really be the same Based on the controversy displayed byIshmael Beah in A Long Way Gone child soldiers cannot be reintegratedinto their communities because although some may argue that rehab andfurther schooling or work can help ex-soldiers return to a normal lifethe soldiers have acquired drug addictions neurotic conditionsphysical disabilities and also have a high risk of reenlisting into thearmy Post-traumatic stress disorder and other neurotic illnesses can causeviolent outbursts and painful flashbacks in ex-soldiers for the rest oftheir lives Sights or sounds can set off an ex-soldier very easily Achild crying can remind a man of his sister being raped or the sound ofa bat hitting a ball could trigger a memory of being shot at Theresearch group found a whole range of neurotic conditions likesomatization depression PTSD Somasundaram 3 These illnessesinclude symptoms such as chronic anxiety constant feelings ofhopelessness pain that isnt really there migraines and flashbacks oroutbursts Soldiers experience significant injuries and see extremethings and Beach describes in his book that he once had a bullet in hisfoot and hardly flinched when the doctor pulled it out Theseexperiences stay stuck in the soldiers minds for the rest of theirlives- which can be a long time since soldiers can be forcefullyrecruited as young as 5 Some ex-soldiers find it difficult to letgo of aggressive behavior Gale Student Resources 1 The behaviorsthat soldiers make habits of stick with them for a long time after thelast time the slice someones throat or shoot someone dead Ex-soldiers even those who have been through rehab are highly likelyto re-enlist into a militia again If a soldier escapes or is saved byan organization then released and the
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