The Child Soldier: Our Writing
Giving Voice to Youth Affected by War
Words of War
by Emile, age 16, Sierra Leone
Terminology of a Soldier
A - Types of Soldiers:
1. Infantry soldier
2. arillery soldier
3. tank regiments
*my comments: children must not be part of this group
B- Weapons Used:
5. anti- tank weapons
*my comments: children must not be allowed to use weapons!
C- Rank of a Soldier:
1. non-commissioned officers [n.o.c]
2. private [with no striipes on his arm]
3. lance-corporal[with one stripe]
4. corporal [with two stripe]
5. sergeant [with three stripe]
*my comments: children must not be called by such ranks
D- The Rank of Officers:
1. second lieutenant
9. field marshal
*my comments: children must not be called by such ranks!
E- Key Words: front: line troops, airfield, artillery
*my comments: children must not make use of such millitary keywords that will likely influence them into being a part of the wars.
F- Battle Words: attack, retreat, fire, bombard, escape, ambush, trench, advance, disarm, surrender *my comments: they all help to impart conflict in arms ideas in children.
Stop using these words!