Through this survey project, I intended to evaluate the level of understanding exhibited by people from various geological regions regarding the aspects related to the recruitment of child soldiers. For this reason, the goal of this project was to highlight the problems faced by child soldiers in various regions of the globe. Additionally, the data collection and analysis processes aimed at evaluating the awareness of the general population concerning these problems and possible solutions to the menace. The targeted audience in this survey project was the American citizens within the age bracket of 18 to 100. This is because this category comprises of a large portion of the population. Accordingly, educating them on the severity of this social problem and the need for their active involvement in identifying viable solutions would be a substantial step in ending the existence of juvenile soldiers.
The collection process involved the use of structured questionnaires (Figure 1) due to the simplicity in data quantification as well as the ability to use surveymonkey.com without tampering with the responses. Nonetheless, the preparation and execution of the survey entailed various challenges including unresponsive respondents, monumental costs involved in the implementation process, and limited time.
Fifty-three individuals answered the formulated questions.
From the analysis process, it was evident that a large percentage of the public do not advocate for the recruitment of juveniles in militias. However, some people do not understand the concept of a child soldier. Likewise, 28.30 % of the individual’s in this survey did not know the world’s foremost private armies such as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). This justifies the need for public enlightenment forums on this subject matter. Moreover, the results of this study indicate that geological zones such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East have the largest number of child soldiers. The respondents identified some of the leading causes of this unlawful recruitment as the defenseless nature of children and the self-centered characteristic of the recruiters.
As indicated in the results of this survey, the main qualification in this selection procedure is the ability of the minor to carry a gun with high levels of sexual and physical assaults and their exploitation as shields in warfare proving this selfishness. Additionally, the severity of involved assaults was evident from the emphasis that the recruited girls suffer from the wrath of sexual slavery and early marriages. The predicaments of these juveniles results in such psychological disorders as depression and PTSD with other mental problems including anxiety disorders and suicide attempts. However, the passion of helping these children is still relatively low as highlighted by the 5.66 % who showed no concern about the issue.
From these results, it is surprising that some people hardly comprehend the element of a child soldier. Likewise, some of the interviewed individuals were unwilling to aid in the suppression of this social menace. However, as expected, the problems faced by these minors include sexual and physical harassment and psychological torture. It is also evident that the lack of public awareness about this issue is a considerable hindrance in the identification of lasting solutions. The new questions instigated by the analysis of the collected data include the relevance of the existing laws in the affected regions in ending this problem. The acquired information will help me conduct a research project aimed at scrutinizing the problem in order to identify the causes and possible solutions to this issue.
In conclusion, the processes embedded in such a survey project have not only enhanced my knowledge on this statistical element, but they have also aided me to understand the severity of this social issue and the need to formulate and execute relevant policies. Subsequently, following the acquired knowledge on child soldiers and effective data surveying, I would integrate questions aimed at identifying the causes of this recruitment and the relevant stakeholders who can aid in solving the problem.