The Child Soldier Locked Up

When Omar Khadr first arrived at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, he was a baby-faced 15-year-old and one of the military prison’s youngest detainees. Khadr’s case was a mess from the very start. Just 12 hours after sustaining life-threatening gunshot wounds to the chest in an Afghanistan firefight, he was interrogated while strapped to a stretcher, and said he was threatened with rape if he refused to cooperate. He was abused in many ways while in Guantanamo Bay and he wasn't the only one. There are numerous reports of people being abused within the prison. After being there nearly half his life, Khadr, now a bearded 28-year old, was finally released on bail Thursday by a court in Canada. Due to being a child soldier, his case is special and requires special investigation as there are many aspects to his case which may show he was forced into being involved. What do you think should be done with child soldiers who are arrested? What if they were recruited voluntarily? We want to know.

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