Case Study: Recruitment of Children

Provisional Group 2 Member:
- Restri (from group 8)

- Wahyuningsih
- Dini Anitasari S.

a. The Similarities and Differences
There are three spheres that affect the recruitment of children in army, that is; government, community through the culture, and the rebels. The similarity is they forcing and manipulating children to recruit the children.
Government, community, and rebels are using different method to recruit the children.

Government is using the quota system and policies to recruit the children. Children were instigated for the reason of their family member was killed in the past so that they could revenge by join the army. The Government is using the quota system as well to recruit the children on behalf of the government.

Community is using the traditional form named the Kamajors. This ritual will become a rite passage for children into adulthood. As written in the case study, some families send their children to be initiated.
The rebels is using force to recruit the children. Some of the children have been abducted by the rebels as written in the case study are unaccompanied children, children from female-headed households, orphans and children from vulnerable families.
b. The Impact
We see that there are two impacts that is negative impact and positive impact.
Negative Impact:
Children lost most of their childhood and opportunity to get the basic education as well.
Positive Impact:
Some of them get married under the age and the wives said that their husband who were joined the army is become a good husband.
The children who have been recruited to the war, they have a better understanding and long horizon.
c. Description of ‘Children who joined voluntarily’
That’s not true if the children voluntarily want to join the army because they were forced and manipulated by the government, community, and the rebels.
d. The case studies aid an understanding of the local situation
Not involve the children in war situation.
Not recruit the children on behalf of government, culture, and religion to recruit the children.