What does one expect a typical child of 9 years to do with his life? Mostly, your expectations would involve play, learn, study, interact with his peers, develop, etc. The sad truth of the matter is that many in many parts of the world kids simply don’t have this opportunity. And, the casue is not poverty, it is far worse than that. Somali kids, starting from the age of 9 are trained to be fighting soldiers. Instead of learning the techniques of soccer and baseball, they are trained in operating and cleaning automatic rifles.
Look at the heart chilling photographs of 12 and 15 year boys with loaded Kalashnikov rifles in their hands. What happened to their childhood? We have always heard that we should learn to see the world through a child’s eyes, but what the eyes of these children see, one hopes never too see.