Mr Dallaire makes a strong point that once a child soldier has been made the damage done to he or she will never be undone Remoulding an ex child soldier to adjust back into society will be long term work and involve excruciating psychological restructuring of the former child.
Mr Dallaire also makes the case that young girls are also part of this recruitment process and their abuse is likely debilitating than that for boys How can these children ever hope to be accepted back into the culture that they were so viciously abducted from Their lives are a shamble they have had no schooling, they likely don t know their age, their parents and relatives, if they are still alive, are probably in a refugee camp.
The best solution is to stop the recruitment and the author outlines steps being taken There would seem to be some progress and at least with this book along with a few others the world is becoming aware of this grievous issue.
This is a sad book a child soldier is indicative of a failed state a society in disarray I found the book a little awkward at the beginning, but after 100 pages the persuasiveness and passion of the Mr Dallaire overwhelms Of the two short stories, I found the second one better.
They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children is a book with a special personal connection for me I received this book through a book signing at Politics and Prose in Washington DC, where I had the privilege to hear Romeo Dallaire speak about his experiences in Rwanda and in developing this project As a conflict resolution student, I studied the Rwandan genocide and reconstruction, and was very familiar with Mr Dallaire s outreach efforts in promoting post conflict sustainable peacemaking It was truly an honor for me to hear him speak and obtain a copy of his work Dallaire was irrevocably changed by his service as Major General of UNAMIR, United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda, and has dedicated his life to the rebuilding effort there as well as preventative and best practice efforts in other conflicts I was stunned by his honesty and bravery in sharing this incredibly personal experience, and I commend him for continuing this crusade despite the difficulty it poses for him on a mental and personal plane His life s work, outlined in the final chapters through his struggle to gain attention to this debilitating problem, is truly inspiring This book takes a holistic view on the struggle to eradicate the use of child soldiers In order to frame this discussion, Dallaire utilizes a somewhat unorthodox methodology He begins with a discussion of the concept of childhood, using his own upbringing in Canada as a model of a healthy family dynamic As he weaves in this personal history with the chronological history of the genocide in Rwanda as he experienced it, he appeals to the child and remembrance of childhood in the individual reader to demonstrate the destructiveness of child soldering His fictional characters are staged after Dallaire s real world experiences with children and child soldiers in Rwanda When I learned that he was going to incorporate elements of fiction into this project, I was dubious about the efficacy of mixing invention and experience, but it lent itself well to the story and case The use of the fictitious characters allowed Dallaire to take the reader through a very personal example of recruitment in a way that I am sure was cathartic for the author, and also preserved the individual privacy of the real child soldiers he met in the field.
His final chapters concluded with the Child Soldier Initiative successes and struggles, as well as additional international legal framework and current initiatives to eradicate the use of child soldiers He calls on the reader to become personally involved and gives several suggestions as to how interested parties can support this worthy imperative In the end, this book is not a work of fiction, and child soldiering is a catastrophic and intractable problem throughout much of the world Dallaire has devoted his life to ending the use and recruitment of children as mass weapons, specifically citing the success of land mine bans as an example to emulate Dallaire writes in a conversational tone that is able to explain technical international law and in the same breath describe personal and heart wrenching experience, which lends itself well to absorption of his argument In the final chapters, Dallaire appeals to the reader to take action through various means to assist in ending this barbaric practice If we are able as a global community to end the use of child soldiers, we will be empowering the next generation with positive impact being felt around the globe.
This book goes beyond calling attention to the plight of child soldiers as victims What I learned, and what I want to remember is this The use of child soldiers is a weapons system where the child is only the most obvious victim As a weapons system, it is as destructive to humanity as land mines and chemical weapons In the same way that the world has moved to condemn and eradicate the use of these two, we must do the same with the use of child soldiers As with slavery, apartheid, civil rights, animal rights, etc, it all starts with an idea and gains momentum by the will of people It can be done If you want to convince yourself of this, read this book.
I read Shake Hands With the Devil a few years ago after we learned about the Rwandan genocide in social studies I enjoyed it but most of it seemed very political from what I remember and hard to comprehend Recently Romeo Dallaire came to our school and spoke about the genocide, child soldiers, and how the new generation has to make a difference This is a great book if you re interested in helping change the lives of those currently living in poverty in Africa, and his methods of how to eradicate the use of child soldiers are quite plausible An interesting thing that I liked about this book was that he took on the perspective of a young child soldier, as well as the perspective of a UN soldier, writing from their povs what happened It is a relatively quick read and is very interesting To all of those people who are concerned with the kony 2012 campaign, this is a book for you, so you cando your research and see what s really going on.
This book has left me utterly confused and baffled.
If there s any stance I was 100% sure of, it s my stance against international intervention Stop interfering Let people solve their own problems These kinds of statements were my first reaction when encountering books movies news reports about African issues written by foreigners i.
e White people.
But after reading this I m really not sure what I think any.
The book has made it obvious that the prevention of child soldiers, that fighting against human rights violation is everybody s responsibility Humanity transcends man made national borders To be neutral is to support the oppressors Your patriotism to the world should come before your patriotism to any specific country.
But what about personal interest The West was overly eager to wage war in Afghanistan and Iraq under the name of humanity, but you don t need to be a genius to find out there was an ulterior motive.
President Bill Clinton decided that the U.
S Army would not get involved in the Rwandan genocide because it had nothing to offer no natural resources, no strategic location Apparently, humanity alone was not a motive strong enough for international interventions.
What about the soldiers or risk their lives, who leave their homes and families to help people To protect them To bring about a change What about soldiers who kill, rape, mutilate the very people they re supposed to be protecting Should one of those overshadow the other s actions My mind is swarming with question I ve no answer to, I don t know what to think any.
That being said, this book definitely deserves five stars.
Five stars for making me think, and doubt my positions and stances, for being extremely informative on the issue of child soldiers and most of all, for offering a solution, a sliver of hope, a promise of a better future.
Stayed up late last night to finish this one as there is a waiting list for it at work It is a heavy subject, but a very readable book Dallaire writes in a very conversational style and the book is written like it is speaking to you directly There are three sections where he has included a fictional child soldier and fictional UN peacekeeper to help show the feelings, and reality of the experiences.
He talks about the situations that create child soldiers, the community repercussions, the international repercussions, and the work of Child Soldier International The last chapter is what we as individuals can do to make a difference for this issue.
He offers hope by showing the progress that has been made in understanding the problem, and has concrete examples of next moves that can be made These children that have become child soldiers are not just small humans, but also weapons, used by their commanders as another expendable, easily replenished tool in their arsenal The wars they fight are often internal criminal actions with no real end goal, than they are traditional wars They pit children against their own people, making it hard for them to go back to communities, if those communities even exist any He also shows that there are a variety of ways to deal with these soldiers, depending on their unique situation and their gender Yes, many of these soldiers are girls, and they aren t just doing the chores and acting as bush wives , but also leading other child soldiers These girls often have trouble integrating back into the community than the boys, as they no have no traditional value as a marriage offering, and may even have rebel babies that come back with them Yet, he offers ways to help these young soldiers as well.
I cried, yes, but I was also left with hope that we can do something about this situation and help not only those who are now or have been child soldiers, but also work to prevent it from happening This is an important book for policy makers to read, because as we all know, the world is smaller than you think.
The Ultimate Focus Of The Rest Of My Life Is To Eradicate The Use Of Child Soldiers And To Eliminate Even The Thought Of The Use Of Children As Instruments Of War Rom O DallaireIn Conflicts Around The World, There Is An Increasingly Popular Weapon System That Requires Negligible Technology, Is Simple To Sustain, Has Unlimited Versatility And Incredible Capacity For Both Loyalty And Barbarism In Fact, There Is No Complete End To End Weapon System In The Inventory Of War Machines What Are These Cheap, Renewable, Plentiful, Sophisticated And Expendable Weapons ChildrenRom O Dallaire Was First Confronted With Child Soldiers In Unnamed Villages On The Tops Of The Thousand Hills Of Rwanda During The Genocide Of The Dilemma Of The Adult Soldier Who Faced Them Is Beautifully Expressed In His Book S Title When Children Are Shooting At You, They Are Soldiers, But As Soon As They Are Wounded Or Killed They Are Children Once AgainBelieving That Not One Of Us Should Tolerate A Child Being Used In This Fashion, Dallaire Has Made It His Mission To End The Use Of Child Soldiers In This Book, He Provides An Intellectually Daring And Enlightening Introduction To The Child Soldier Phenomenon, As Well As Inspiring And Concrete Solutions To Eradicate It From The Hardcover Edition The author made some interesting points and presented child soldiers in a new way, and also had a chapter written toward young readers, advising them how they can help with the situation.
However it was extremely repetitive it could have been cut in half and delivered the same message, but considering he s a peacekeeper and not an author, I d say he did a great job at presenting a horrifying reality.