Reaching Out to Child Warriors

July 22, 2009 by  

"Young Warriors," Joseph kneels between the first two boys on the left. They are being taught the positive side of "warriorship."

"Young Warriors," Joseph kneels between the first two boys on the left. They are being taught the positive side of "warriorship."

Joseph Duncan of London, a member of the Soul Sword Zen Community, is a mentor to youth in the United Kingdom. He is seen here kneeling, front row left. Most recently he flew to Sierra Leone to reach out to former Child Warriors.

Ideally, the life of a child should be one filled with love and security. A child should be free to discover the mysteries of the surrounding world with joyfulness.  Spontaneity and innocence is the child-like way  A child's mind should not harbor fear of imminent danger or death. In reality, the adults whose place it is to protect the young ones often fail in that most sacred responsibility. Sometimes their failure is so great it defies comprehension. There are those who snatch children from their mother's care and their father's guidance to seduce their souls into the most violent of paths. They make killers of them in the name of some imagined noble cause. Those who do not die in the struggle are scarred, perhaps for life.

Christ said,

"Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such as they is the Kingdom of Heaven."

From Christ we learn that the nature, the mind of the child is the gateway to Heaven within us. So how great a crime is it to destroy one of these little ones? Anyone who has any degree of inner-perception can feel the purity power of a child...and each of us has come through that same gate, the gate of childhood.

Child warriors have been used in many parts of the world. Many Vietnam veterans tell stories of children used to kill, either consciously or unwittingly. It does not matter what country they are born in. The child and childhood is universal in nature. Only cultures differ. To really understand the gravity of the problem we need to take a moment to sincerely contemplate the nature of the problem. Then we can seek solutions. Please look at the following video and then continue.

Joseph Duncan, a member of the Soul Sword Zen Community from London is now in and about Sierra Leone working with former child warriors. As a Masters student, his focus is concerned with youth.  If adults who return from wars need help to return to society, it is certain that children whose normal childhood was abruptly and brutally halted would need help, love and understanding.

Following is an interview held with Joseph  the day before he left for Africa. There will be more updates coming.



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