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Child Soldiers MAG

March 13, 2008
By Courtney Cyr BRONZE, Eaton, Colorado
Courtney Cyr BRONZE, Eaton, Colorado
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Their eyes tell silent stories.
Stories that would shock even the darkest of hearts.
These eyes have seen worse than some could even dream of.
They’ve seen killing and death, and pain and suffering to extents that can be hard to imagine.
Eyes that should be learning how to read are instead being taught how to fight.
Emotionless eyes are being forced to kill in gruesome ways.
Eyes that seem to have run out of tears, because crying never helped.
Their sobs are unheard, their tears are unseen.
Children who are innocent are being ruined by men who see no hope in their government.
Men who are willing to take advantage of an irreplaceable innocence.
The eyes are deep brown.
A brown so deep you could get lost in it.
Eyes that catch attention for their beauty.
They silently tell of innocence lost and of silent tears cried.
These are the eyes of a child soldier.

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TuffGurl said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 2:57 pm
the LRA and the Child Soldiers are in Uganda with Joseph Kony. You should read Not For Sale, it's about human trafficking all around the world and there's a long chapter about the LRA and Child Soldiers in Uganda.

on Jan. 11 2011 at 10:16 am
HipsterUnicorn. BRONZE, Pendleton, Oregon
3 articles 0 photos 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love is the Movement."

It breaks my heart, but in the way it's meant too..

Kai17 GOLD said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 9:18 am
Kai17 GOLD, Spokane, Washington
17 articles 5 photos 339 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Where to, Miss?"
"To the stars."

This is brilliant! So glad you got published; this is one of the best pieces I've read! Amazing job.

jhduysdg said...
on Jan. 7 2011 at 10:44 am

This is rlly sadd and touching, and its amazingly good. 


dfadF said...
on Jan. 7 2011 at 10:43 am
omg that was soo good but really sad i like almost cried

on Jan. 3 2011 at 1:52 pm
BrendansLeadingLady GOLD, Killeen, Texas
17 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
Un baiser qui n'est jamais goûté est toujours et à jamais perdu.

Il y a tres symathique.

Icy96 PLATINUM said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 7:57 pm
Icy96 PLATINUM, Romeoville, Illinois
27 articles 2 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
Horace Mann: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

This is so true and sad. I can't help but always keep these kids in mind any time I take something for granted. In America, we have so much just without asking for it. These kids see none of that, couldn't even begin to imagine the easy, lavish-by-comparison lifestyle that we live. I'm glad someone finally adressed this issue in a way that recieves the proper amount of attention. Thank you, keep writing.

on Dec. 20 2010 at 2:57 pm
skoppy355 BRONZE, Arlington Heights, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life's like an hourglass glued to the table- from Breathe (2 am) by Anna Nalick

Wow, I'm really impressed.  Good poem addressing a real issue.

katiikat said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 2:43 pm
This is beautiful, and sadly true

asofnow GOLD said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 11:37 am
asofnow GOLD, Troy, Michigan
18 articles 0 photos 208 comments

Favorite Quote:
Nothing gold can stay ~ Robert Frost

this is just so deep... i luved it

L3on2309 said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 8:35 am
the first poem i ever read on this website... wow ... it's just amazing.

JohnniK SILVER said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 7:31 am
JohnniK SILVER, Yongin, Other
6 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I am who I am"

wow this poem is

TuffGurl said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 6:25 am
You should read Not For Sale. It's about human trafficking, and in the book there's a chapter on Child Soldiers. What they have experienced... it's bone chilling. It makes you want to cry. And they had no choice -- if they tried to run away, they'd be beaten to death. The army in Uganda, LRA, is horrible. To become part of the LRA you must kill someone and lick their blood. It's horrible, and CHILDREN do that. We must stop human trafficking all around the world; there's even human trafficking and slavery in the United States. We must join together to stop it.

SReid said...
on Nov. 28 2010 at 9:15 pm
You did a great job! Keep up the good work.

on Nov. 28 2010 at 6:45 pm
kaileydelrey BRONZE, Trussville, Alabama
1 article 0 photos 21 comments
This is SO touching!

on Nov. 28 2010 at 5:51 pm
bluebird SILVER, Sandy Hook, Connecticut
8 articles 0 photos 45 comments

Your dedication and feeling show in your work. I really like it!


on Nov. 28 2010 at 5:11 pm
PrincessPea PLATINUM, Covington, Georgia
23 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:

this is as sad as true, children go through a lot that the world doesnt even see......some day i will help like i do now

on Nov. 28 2010 at 4:47 pm
WindDancer GOLD, Lexington, Kentucky
10 articles 3 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's time to start living the life you've imagined"
- Henry James

"I read to escape, I write to confront."

This is so sad. You did a beautiful job.


It's so terrible. How could someone do that to a child?

on Nov. 28 2010 at 1:55 pm
bubblyblonde57, Orlando, Florida
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments
That was so deep, i thought the one poem i submitted was good but reading this makes me think twice about what i'm writing. That was amazing.

on Nov. 28 2010 at 1:48 am
lexxichick13 SILVER, Salina, Kansas
8 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
when good wont stay around...
when good isnt good enough...
what else can yu do but go look for trouble >:D
~lexxi navarrete

i loveed this poem being a writer my self i caught it very inspiring and moving