Monday, February 21, 2011

Fighting Children

Determination set 
in their faces,
they set out to their
of trauma
and death.
Trained as soldiers
are tossed into battle
where they are expected
to survive
and win.
The mirage
created of
is quickly shattered
when caught by gunfire;
they may fight 
like soldiers,
but they die
like who they are:

I was in Book City today, when I spotted a book about child soldiers called "They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children." The title really caught my attention, as well as the cover. It had the picture of a child soldier holding a gun and wearing a fuzzy pink teddy-bear backpack, mouth open and a determined expression. What shocked me was that this boy looked younger then I was.

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