Children Being Recruited As Soldiers In Burma
The violation of children’s rights is one of the major critical issues of Burma. In this country, children under the age of fifteen are being recruited as soldiers. This age level is strictly being considered below the legal age to join any kind of forces. Burma armed forces are violating the human rights openly against the world’s laws. Almost 100000 children are being recruited in these armed forces. The government refuse to take the responsibility of recruiting children in their armed forces when being criticized by the other developed nations of the world.
There are several other countries of the world that are violating the same law such as: Burundi, Sudan, and Rwanda etc. But Burma is at the top of this illegal act amongst the world. The country even has separate institutes for the training of these children who get trained by the professional soldiers. These children are kept in these institutes until they finish 18 weeks of a training program. After the training, they are positioned to several types of jobs such as kitchen help, spies, porters, etc., but sadly they are most used for fighting their country’s battles. Even the government does not hesitate to threat the children with jail if they refuse to join the armed forces. In many cases, children were killed when they were trying to saving their lives. Most of the children are recruited forcibly in the armed forces and if they try to escape, they have to face swear punishments including death. After being recruited, these soldiers are forced to do combats against the opposite groups. They are also forced to commit abuses against civilians, including executions, burning whole villages and forced labor.
Different organizations of the world criticize this behavior of Burma government. A lot of reservations were there because Burma children were forced to serve the army . These organizations want to end the use of children as slaves and soldiers. The lives of little children are being ruined due to the cruelty of their rules and protectors. These children live a miserable life under swear mental pressure and miseries. At the age of eleven years, they have to get trained regarding how to kill people . Several interviews of these child soldiers have been taken by many journalists and newspapers which reveal that most of them were being forced to join the army and are not so happy with nature of their job . As a result, these children face a lot of psychological problems and often try to commit suicide to get rid of their miserable life.
It’s a pity that at one side of the world children are being considered as the most important part of the bright future of a country while on the other side, their future has been thrown into the black well of wars and blood of innocents. This extreme violation should be condemned strictly through practical measures. Including several other measure, the creation of SPDC’s Committee for Prevention of Military Recruitment of Underage Children is a useful step against this cruelty.