Reading, Writing and Jihad: Child Soldiers and a Lost Generation


The effects of those traumas do not end, however, just because the war does. Child soldiers may suffer lifelong effects of PTSD. Others, radicalized from their earliest years, hold tight to their indoctrination and seek out other groups sympathetic to their cause as they grow older. Others who return home find that they are not welcomed back as heroes, but rather, are ostracized and shunned. The question still remains: are these children dangerous warriors, to be kept from the community at all costs - or are they the victims, needing to be embraced? No one yet has determined the rightanswer. And so the cycle continues, and the crisis only grows.