Hello beautiful people!
Here I am, getting ready to write another 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge post, when I see that the post is making me choose one book that taught me something…ONE!
How do you choose one book you learned from when you’re a bibliophile?! Tell me!! As I sat in contemplation, I took a glance over at the newspaper beside me. Then it clicked.
I was originally going to talk about a cute or coming of age novel, but I decided to follow my instincts and go with the one that is more sensitive and serious in nature.
A book I learned from is Roméo Dallaire’s They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers.
During my undergrad years, I took a course I believe was called War in the Contemporary World. I took two courses with the same professor on similar topics. During our course, we had to choose a book to do a book review on. I wasn’t really sure what to pick, so my professor suggested Dallaire’s novel.
This book is such an eyeopener, demonstrating the harsh reality some live in while others enjoy a life of luxury and ignorance. Dallaire’s novel discusses the child soldier phenomenon, based both on his research into saving children from such a fate and to his own personal experiences during the Rwanda Genocide. There are also sections on a fictional story following a boy who becomes a child soldier to further demonstrate the need to stop this cycle occurring.
It’s a hard book to read, I won’t lie. I was so angry that I threw the book and started to cry…my boyfriend at the time was a little shocked. Even though I’m aware of the evil in the world, I still wish to pretend that this level of evil was fictional.
However, I’m glad I read it. It’s dark and horrifying, but it’s a fantastic novel that truly remarks on the horrors both children face and the soldiers who come face to face with a child soldier. It’s something that needs to be spoken about more so that we can group together to find ways to both prevent this phenomenon and learn how to integrate children into “normal” society after a life of thing we can’t even possibly imagine.
I’m sorry this was such a downer topic! It’s sad and hard to talk about but I feel it’s something we should be aware of so we can strive towards making a change for these children.