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Their eyes tell silent stories.
Stories that would shock even the darkest of hearts.
These eyes have seen worse than some could even dream of.
They’ve seen killing and death, and pain and suffering to extents that can be hard to imagine.
Eyes that should be learning how to read are instead being taught how to fight.
Emotionless eyes are being forced to kill in gruesome ways.
Eyes that seem to have run out of tears, because crying never helped.
Their sobs are unheard, their tears are unseen.
Children who are innocent are being ruined by men who see no hope in their government.
Men who are willing to take advantage of an irreplaceable innocence.
The eyes are deep brown.
A brown so deep you could get lost in it.
Eyes that catch attention for their beauty.
They silently tell of innocence lost and of silent tears cried.
These are the eyes of a child soldier.

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TuffGurl said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 6:25 am:
You should read Not For Sale. It's about human trafficking, and in the book there's a chapter on Child Soldiers. What they have experienced... it's bone chilling. It makes you want to cry. And they had no choice -- if they tried to run away, they'd be beaten to death. The army in Uganda, LRA, is horrible. To become part of the LRA you must kill someone and lick their blood. It's horrible, and CHILDREN do that. We must stop human trafficking all around the world; there's even human traffic... (more »)
 
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SReid said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm:
You did a great job! Keep up the good work.
 
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writinglover24 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm:
This is SO touching!
 
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Ryalynn said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm:
this is as sad as true, children go through a lot that the world doesnt even see......some day i will help like i do now
 
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WindDancer said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm:

This is so sad. You did a beautiful job.

 

It's so terrible. How could someone do that to a child?

 
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bubblyblonde57 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm:
That was so deep, i thought the one poem i submitted was good but reading this makes me think twice about what i'm writing. That was amazing.
 
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lexxichick13 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 1:48 am:
i loveed this poem being a writer my self i caught it very inspiring and moving
 
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xXvannieXx said...
Nov. 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm:
This poem made me want to cry. It's very powerful
 
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flagg said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm:
that is ture.our heart will have shallow
 
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redhairCat This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm:

Great! I loved it! 

Hey. could you check out some of my work, please?

 

 
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xXnew_revolutionXx said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 11:29 am:

Wow- I loved it. It's just so true

Is this about the Child Soldiers in Uganda/Congo by chance?- the LRA and Joseph Kony?

 
TuffGurl replied...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm :
the LRA and the Child Soldiers are in Uganda with Joseph Kony. You should read Not For Sale, it's about human trafficking all around the world and there's a long chapter about the LRA and Child Soldiers in Uganda.
 
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CHEERspirit said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm:
i really like it! your words speek the truth and the world needs more of that. keep going the world needs you :)
 
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CammyLashay said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm:
its an kind if sad poem but its the truth...love it
 
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Soccergirl15 said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 7:27 pm:
This poem is great. It was very touching
 
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Brina said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm:
This is so sad. It is so true though. i guess that that is what makes it so upsetting for people to here.
 
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lil_shay said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm:
your writing is so deep it made me wont to cry keep it up
 
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Jenni said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm:
you inspire me, your writing is beautiful, you touched me!
 
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TimmothyMark said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 6:56 am:
Good job with this. Reminds me of all the 12,000 plus child soliders that are forced to fight for a government that hates them in Burma (Union of Myanmar).
 
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7Ariel7 said...
Sept. 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm:

great job. touching... you write like my friend tab

 

 
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