This a page of Frequently Asked Questions and our responses.
Who is the Coalition to Promote the use of Child Soldiers?
We are a nonprofit organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland, dedicated to the cause of using children between the ages of 0 and 18 as soldiers. We firmly believe that the use of child soldiers can help humanity in many ways.
What are you doing to help?
We are working closely with many human rights and humanitarian aid organizations to promote the use of child soldiers, and help fund their activities.
We have had many success stories so far. Here is a list of some of the countries who have used children in ongoing or recently ended armed conflict: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Columbia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, Yugoslavia.
Isn't war dangerous for children?
Yes, but that danger is always a part of life, and, in fact, is critical to learning responsibility, cooperation, and decision making. We especially encourage the use of child soldiers in underdeveloped and developing countries, where much of a child's life is spent in poverty, famine, and an unproductive, uneducated life. In the army, these children are well-fed, educated in many practical, vocational skills, and live a productive life by helping their nation fight wars for the good of their citizens. The dangers of war are always present - but compared to a long painful life and slow death by famine and poverty, a heroic death in battle is risk these children are grateful to take. It is a sacrifice that all of us must be prepared to accept in the fight for human freedom.
What about war in general, shouldn't i be opposed to it?
No. Not only is war good for the economy; but it is an inevitable human phenomena. Thus it is necessary for children to fully confront it in order for them to fully develop as humans.
What about child labor laws?
The child labor laws in practice in many countries are there to protect children from underpaid, hard labor in an unproductive environment. But as soldiers, these children are receiving and education and a chance to help their country, not mere money. Thus, no child labor laws are being broken. And remember, every strong western economy was built on slavery, war, and child labor.
These children are so young, shouldn't they be in school?
What is school? School is a place where children can get an education. In many countries, these children have no other access to an education. Becoming a soldier at a young age provides that valuable education they need to succeed later in life; and to help lead their country into a democratic, consumerist Future. Sacrifice on a daily basis for God, community and country is far superior way to learn the joys of adulthood compared to the meager education they might get in a Red-Cross crisis shelter.
I am worried about exposing my children to the violence on television, isn't real war far worse?
No. Not at all, in fact. Violence on television is dangerous because it is depicted violence. real violence is in fact a healthy part of child development.