"I would like you to give a message. Please do your best to tell the world what is happening to us, the children. So that other children don't have to pass through this violence."
The purpose of this webquest is to expose you to the rapid growth of children in war in order to support and deepen the background knowledge you've learned. Children all over the world are being forced and coerced into becoming soldiers. According to the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldier, "children are forced to engage in dangerous activities such as laying mines or explosives, as well as using weapons. Child soldiers are usually forced to live under harsh conditions with insufficient food and little or no access to healthcare. They are almost always treated brutally, subjected to beatings and humiliating treatment. Punishments for mistakes or desertion are often very severe. Girl soldiers are particularly at risk of rape, sexual harassment and abuse as well as being involved in combat and other tasks."
Essential Question One: Knowing the brutality that comes with war, why are so many countries increasingly using children as soldiers?