War’s Influence on Children

Connor Laugrey, Reporter

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War and conflict has been around for thousands of years. Currently, the US has some international conflict with North Korea and Syria. Many are afraid, but I believe we should see the impact on children with these events.

“This conflict is one thing I’ve been waiting for. I’m well and strong and young – young enough to go to the front. If I can’t be a soldier, I’ll help soldiers.” Clara Barton.

To start off, I interviewed two of my 8th grade classmates, Logan Lampert and Vincent Nelson. Logan said global conflict made him angry. He wants the US to be more involved with other countries. Vincent said he was scared at first. He said that he wasn’t scared once he had seen videos of the leaders of other countries talking about how they deal with conflict. Vincent had also said that no actions are taken, it’s all people throwing words at each other.

A Vietnamese woman and child are caught in cross fire.

Although there may be plenty to worry about, you should not worry, the US has been through many wars and conflicts. We fought Britain and declared our independence, World War One turned us into a global superpower, we helped defeat the Nazis, and we even nuked Japan. Even after all of that has ended, we still stand as a strong country. This is why I personally don’t worry about war and conflict, and I think my classmates shouldn’t be either.

We in the US should have nothing to worry about, but there are children out there struggling to stay alive. The children in Syria have been hiding from bombs, and have had family members killed. Back when the Vietnam war was going on, children were affected by napalm and other weapons used. According to Psychology Today, war has caused over 2 million children’s death, more than 1 million have been separated from their caregivers, 6 million have become disabled, and 20 million have become homeless all within the past 10 years.

“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?” Eve Merriam.

There are also mental effects that are awful.

 

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Quotations, SearchQuotes.com. “Eve Merriam Quotes | Quotes by Eve Merriam.” SearchQuotes. SearchQuotes, n.d. Web. 14 June 2017.

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War’s Influence on Children