Protecting Children From the War Torn and Conflict Areas

Protecting Children From the War Torn and Conflict Areas

"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" by Eve Merriam


"The facts of life are that a child who has seen war cannot be compared with a child who doesn't know what war is except from television" by Sophia Loren

In celebration of the International Children's Day on on June 1 and with International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression on June 4 -- join me in celebrating the sector of our society which need most our love, guidance and care --the children.

Protecting Children From the War Torn and Conflict Areas. I have seen wars from conflict areas when I was young living in the Philippines. I remember it so vividly, it was 70's and the Communist Party of the Philippines is continually increasing in numbers and at war with the forces of the government which was then led by the former President Ferdinand Marcos. It was no way to live a life. I don't want to remember it -- the terror it caused to us before was devastating in terms of the curtailment of a happy life of a child -- just being free to play and roam around and greeted by the smiles of the people and their parents who are sure where to get food in the next meal.

I hope nobody will eperience the consequences of a war specially amongst children, but alas, all over the world, wars are continously waged in every areas. I dream of a world where there is no war and all you can see are the smiles of children. Another hubber here, if you have time you can visit her hubs, they are well written hubs about children and the wars they fought everyday -- Myownworld.

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Protecting Children From the War Torn and Conflict Areas

In every war, the first casualties are women and children, of course the men too, but then women and children are the first one to be left out in homes, defenseless and they are the ones who are the first casualties when there is war -- feeling hungry and have to take care of each other while the men goes out and find jobs which are rare and non existent.

Seeing dead people at a young age have psychological effect

I remember seeing a dead man in the gutter, his neck is cut off, until now it is still vivid in my mind. I should have been a nurse but couldn't pursue it, I am scared of blood and that image keep on coming back at me, our neighbor which was the village chief was killed by the other forces on the other end - the guerrillas -- they lived mostly in the mountains and upland as they are outlawed and in hiding. The village chief fails to give monthly donation and don't want to give anymore. This was during the height of the conflict between the Communist Party of the Philippines -- they call them guerrillas against the forces of the government.

The loss of lives of children are high in war torn and conflict areas.

Protecting Children From the War Torn and Conflict Areas

Consequences of Wars and Conflicts to the Lives of Children

In some parts of the world like Iraq, Afghanistan and some African countries where there are conflicts, everyday they have to deal with the war in all facets of their lives. As I have said when I was a child and when there is conflict in our place -- mostly by the New Peoples Army - Communist Party of the Philippines against the government forces

The Scenario in War Conflict Areas

Food is expensive and are not available -- many people go hungry -- specially the children

When there is conflict or war in the area, people cant have peace of mind to have livelihoods like planting or nourishing their own produce as they are scared to go out, they might be in danger of being killed in the area. Sometimes the people rely on what is given to them by neighbors but then the neighbors run out of food and they become hungry. When we were young, as we are located in the northern tip of the Philippines -- Luzon where it is considered the rice basket of the country -- meaning it is the main source of rice to feed the country -- it was an area of conflict -- people cant plant three times a year because of fear that they will be the target in the crossfire between the conflicting forces. prices of rice increased and people horde rice like what my parents did.

Future Is unknown

Nobody can predict the future when an area is at war. In terms of economic conditions, nobody will trade in full blown with a place when it is at war. No new businesses are formed, no new investments thus there is no employment for the people except to rely in what is left behind. Buildings are destroyed and there is no infrastructure, forces destroy bridges and the government is hard up.

Social lives are totally disrupted, you have new neighbors always, you cant go out at night -- freedom is curtailed and we have curfew

Schooling and education are interrupted

These have severe consequences to children -- their future is compromise -- you see education is deemed very important specially to developing countries as it is the sole determinant of getting a good placement for a secured job later on in life. I can remember my parents were crying at that time because they told us that in order for us to have a better life shall get the best education, When there is conflict, teachers can't go to school and teach, they keep safe their children first scared that they might be caught in the crossfire. Luckily the war and conflict between the Communist Party and the government subside in the 80s until it dwindle as it is affected by the overall state of communism all over the world.

Internal migration is high -- people moved form place to place with the children in tow

Internal migration is high, people moved from one place to another in search of food and employment plus a more secure place and peoples lives are disrupted. I can see my parents moved us from the slopes in the mountains to a different valley where there is minimal conflict. But many people are moving there so we have to compete with the people, it helps when neighbors share but still it affects the children most specially -- they have to live with what is available -- and yet there is scarcity for food, jobs, prices are high. Even the most innovative people are affected.

People are uprooted from their place and begin a new life anywhere else and this is a repeated process. Sometimes you get tired in moving that we always asked our parents when are we moving again.

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How do you protect children from wars or conflict? -- by not creating wars or not supporting those who promote or create wars.

Conclusion :

All wars or conflicts have negative consequences in the lives of people in the area, but the effect is devastating on children which should be enjoying their childhood. Most of all, the children are robbed of their childhood forcing some to work -- child labor -- stopped schooling and there is the uncertainty factor -- all of these affect them psychologically. I don't think there are necessary wars -- wars against child abandonment poverty yes -- but not to wars wage by people who have other motives.

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Well written and good information, reading this article reminds me how blessed i am to have raised my kids in the United States.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

yes cool, and it is a privilege we often fail to see, Thank you my dear and take care, Maita


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

This is a wonderful hub with every word the truth. I often wish that those people who declare war would be in the middle of it. They would never do it again. I know exactly what you were saying. I was born at the beginning of the war in Germany and although I didn't understand at the time but later on and more so now I remember. I too saw dead people laid out on the pavement, one next to the other, after a bombing raid. You don't forget and you are definitely psychologically damaged. When England declared war on Iraq; I nearly went to pieces and said if it comes to England I will have to move because I couldn't take it the second time. My heart always goes out when I see on the news any bombing because I know what it is like. They don't know what impact it has in every way.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Maita a great hub and one everyone should read - understanding the psychological trauma and dame of war - especially in the formative years - sentencing children to remember and be scarred and altered physically and mentally for the rest of their lives.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

This is a very powerful hub, and one can only hope the day will come when children don't have to face the specter of war. I can't even imagine what it would be like for a child to experience the horrors and sufferings of war. Children should be allowed their youth and innocence--it is a crime against them to force them to face the terrors of war and violence.

Thanks for such a sharp truth, Maita. Voted up and rated useful.

Mike


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

It's terrible what the human race will subjects it's progeny to.. Important post, Maita!!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you Cris, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi hello, I understand what you are saying, war is a big NO NO< scary for children who are the first victim and the psycholocial effect is damaging as well. It must have been difficult for you during those times in Germany.

I am an all No for War, thanks again, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Miata, Very well written hub and so sad. We are lucky to be raising children in the US. This hub is so important as no children should have to suffer that way.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Maita, thinking b ack it must have been worse for my mother who understood the danger and sat there with a 10 year old and me being just born. If you must have war do fight it at a battlefiedl like before but do not bomb the sities where nother but innocent women and children are. I think that is absolutely disgusting. My brother was worse off because he understood the danger and began to cry and beg my mother to help. I wish these warlords would have been there. You sit there in a cellar and hear the bombs dropping closer and closer.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

terrible hello, I dont like that to happen to the children as well, they are the first vistim of war, hunger, confusion, fear psychological effect, no one to trust except your family, but the father is out to join war and looking for living, Thanks so much hello for charing so much of your time and examples you show, HUGS< Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Your right Pamela, still we are lucky here in the US this is what happened in the war torn areas, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thank you Mike and that is nice gesture from you, all your words in your comments are so true, take care, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Right billy, you summed it, Maita


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

The greatest crime and horror of war are the children who suffer because of it. There should be shelters put somewhere to house all the women and children in a peaceful and well fed place while the men go at killing each other over some oil, territory or some ridiculous religious fanaticism. Then when the war is over all the women and children can return home to a cleaned up city, less a few daddies sadly, but whole and unharmed both physically, mentally and emotionally. They could all them Arks of Peace.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Maita, for a lovely comment.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Everytime I read in the news about some child stepping on a land mine that should have been removed long ago, or some other child who has lost his or her dad and or mom to such stupidity by others by not removing such dangers I get angry. One would think that both opponents of a war would see the value of people once the conflict is over and do everything within their powers to remove all dangers to the innocent of humanity.

KUYA Dave.


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suny51 6 years ago

Pretty-Real hard facts of life,and the way you present them they become more true and look as real as they come. Maita.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks suny, they are real indeed, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Kuya Dave, that is so true and caring of you, No for war for me whatever is the justification, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Youre welcome hello, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi MFB, your world which you describe for children and women during war will never happen, as it is not easy as it seems to be, Children and women are forever the victims even the men too, lost of families and destruction of properties etc. Thanks for reading and take care, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Wars are often waged against children and the helpless- unintentionally.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Hello Pretty Dark Horse, I have seen your comments on many sites I visit, but don't know why I am just now reading one of your hubs. This was a sad, tragic story, and one I have not experienced. I agree war should not be waged for petty reasons, but only for self defense. My country should have never gone into Araq, since there was nothing to defend there, and no weapons of mass destruction either. Oil domination is no excuse for killing; we should learn to work with the rest of the world, and perhaps come up with new ways to run cars, buses, planes, etc. Perhaps we should create rapid transit opportunities in more areas to avoid the need for so much oil. This is a sad and tragic condition, though it is one I have not lived through. Thank you for sharing. (:v

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