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They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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“[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
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Nevertheless, I'm giving this book five stars. A book is about something. This book is about child soldiers in the Great Lakes section of Central Africa and other African countries. Dallaire has served in UN forces in this area and has experiences with child soldiers on and off the battlefield.
So, even though the style falls short in my eyes, there is plenty of substance -- easily worth one's time and attention.
In the beginning, the author examines his own youth and transition from boyhood to adolescent through to his cadet ship and graduation into the Canadian military as an example of his moral and psychological development and experiences in life. To contrast that transition through life, he then visits the experiences of boys and girls who are often forcibly taken from their families to become child soldiers and the distortion of their childhood into a horrific journey through drug induced rituals and murder to being trained to become a killing machine. Dallaire uses the term 'weapons system' to describe these children when they emerge to undertake their work.
In his book he examines how children are 'recruited' or more correctly, forced, into becoming a child soldier; their training and their experiences as a child soldier. He also then takes the reader through how to 'unmake' these children that do survive and are either captured or manage to escape with their lives and emerge into a civilised society.
The author then relates his own experiences with child soldiers when he was appointed as the UN Force Commander of UNAMIR-the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda-just prior to the Rwandan genocide and his subsequent work with the Child Soldier Initiative in his native Canada.Read more ›
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General Dallaire writes in a style that leaves no one indifferent. His powerful examples, his descriptions of the world state, his analysis of delicate issues and his push for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by clauwau
I have great respect for this man, and his genuine efforts to bring this horrible practice to the attention of the Western world. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Shirley G.
An exacting, but depressing account, of the use of children as soldiers in military combat. Mr. Dallaire describes the recruitment phase - why child soldiers are used and the... Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by Mike B