Children of war: Afghan war and war on terror By: Shreshtha Shah and Jenise Bowling


For these children, the sounds of gunshots and cannon fire are normal to hear, and they are more familiarized with aspects of war than they are with basic education. Terrorism is a daily part of their lives, and they live in fear. They live in refugee or displaced person camps with little basic resources like food and water. Some children in the war are recruited as suicide bombers and are trained daily with temptations such as food.


Many children were killed by acts of violence and terror such as bombings and shootings. The ones who survive must now deal with the aftermaths; death, bombings, gunshots and cannons. Many who survived witnessed loved ones killed. Children are being recruited as suicide bombers, often by force or by being promised food.


They are now scarred and traumatized with images of war. They suffered eye injuries from playing with toy guns made to look like the real thing (playing “police and Taliban”), causing the police to start confiscating them. Children learn “how to shoot a gun, how to operate a suicide vest and how to manage improvised explosive devices” instead of going to school and having a basic education. They are more likely to get post-traumatic stress disorder. Growing up with violence, they could become violent and change their morals (stealing, lying). They could experience depression and anxiety, nightmares, and flashbacks. Children who survive bombings and other acts of war could lose limbs or other body parts.


They face emotional, physical, and psychological conflicts. Children who have witnessed traumatizing events now deal with them on a daily basis. Experiencing the violence of war at such a young age has a great impact on their emotional state. Afghan children used to play "police and Taliban"with realistic toy guns. Many suffered eye injuries from the rubber bullets that shot out of the toy guns. Psychologically, children who witness traumatic events so young can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety.

Children of the Afghan war and war on terror deal with the sound of gunshots daily and lack of essential resources. They suffer emotionally from witnessing the violence of war, physically from bomb blasts and the bullets of toy guns, and psychologically from things such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Jenise Bowling


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