They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children
The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
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As the leader of the ill-fated United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda, Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire came face-to-face with the horrifying reality of child soldiers during the genocide of 1994. Since then the incidence of child soldiers has proliferated in conflicts around the world: they are cheap, plentiful, expendable, with an incredible capacity, once drugged and brainwashed, for both loyalty and barbarism.
The dilemma of the adult soldier who faces them is poignantly expressed in this 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 again. Believing 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. Where Ishmael Beah's "A Long Way Gone "gave us wrenching testimony of the devastating experience of being a child soldier, Dallaire offers intellectually daring and enlightened approaches to the child soldier phenomenon, and insightful, empowering solutions to eradicate it.
Jessica Dee Humphreys writes books about things that matter to young people (and grown-ups). Jessie lives with her husband and their little boy in a big city most of the time.?But sometimes they live on a tiny island near the woods, where Jessie rereads To Kill a Mockingbird every summer, lying in a hammock.
Ishmael Beah, born in 1980 in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier". The book has been published in over thirty languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in 2007. "Time" magazine named the book as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2007, ranking it at number three. His work has appeared in "The New York Times Magazine, Vespertine Press, LIT, Parabola", and numerous academic journals. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Advisory Committee; an advisory board member at the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University; cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many panels on the effects of war on children. He is a graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Political Science and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
"[An] impassioned call for action…. Dallaire’s troubling book, written out of evident frustration over the world’s failure to act…. [is] a blunt, angry cry: ‘What has humanity created?’"—Kirkus Reviews"Drawing on 15 years’ experience and research, Dallaire explores the wrenching dilemma consisting of the reluctance to shoot children though they are armed and the guilt and horror attendant on killing them." —Vanessa Bush, Booklist