When a civil war breaks out in a country, it is often innocent civilians who axe the victims. Guerrilla armies must constantly find new members. When there are not enough volunteers, some people are forced to join. History shows that children are often chosen. Taken from their parents1 homes, they become reluctant participants in the war. The same thing has occurred in many different times and places: Greece in the late 1940s, Afghanistan in the 1980s, and Africa and Latin America today.
Why are children so often the victims? It is simple. Children are used to doing what they are told. They are easy to teach. Their view of the world has not yet been fully formed, so it is easy to change it. Sometimes the kidnappers want the children to become soldiers in the war. We see this depicted in the film Blood Diamond. Children are given weapons and taught to be violent killers. Sometimes they are even forced to murder their own relatives.
In other places such as Greece or Afghanistan, children are taken so they can be forced to leam communist ideas. To the children，it is just another school lesson，so they absorb them easily.
Children who are taken away ftom their homes are often greatly changed by the experience. Even when they escape, their lives will never be the same again. Fortunately, there are organizations which work to help the juvenile victims of war. Whenever possible，they return children back to the
family home where, with the help of loving parents, something like a normal life can begin again.