Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie Briggs is an American freelance journalist and teacher. He was awarded the John Battlow Award from Northwestern University for a story about the Gulf War’s impact on children, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He has also investigated the impact of war on children in Afghanistan , Sri Lanka , Congo , Uganda and Colombia . He has written for the New York Amsterdam News , The Village Voice , Emerge , Vibe , Life and The Crisis .

He is the author of “Lost Innocents: When Child Soldiers Go to War”, which is about children who have been forced to fight wars . Briggs has disputed the popularity of the first casualty of war. He believes the first casualty of war is always the children. Young children are used as soldiers, scouts, cooks and sexual servants in conflicts around the world. These conflicts are mostly third world countries where there is little or no enforcement of laws and the children are often fighting on both sides of the conflicts. The organization with the dubious distinction of having the youngest soldier, only five years old is forced to fight with small arms is the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda led by Joseph Kony . [1] Even the most intense media coverage of a country’s very little attention to the children who are affected. This includes those who suffer from malnutrition and lack of schooling and medical treatment.

Military commanders throughout the world are attracted to young soldiers for combat because they can easily be trained to carry out the most repulsive orders, they can be found in abundance when they are forced to fight for little or no pay. They often give them drugs to keep them dependent on their leaders and make them more likely to indoctrination by their leaders.

Most researchers into child soldiers, including Briggs and PW Singer , believe that the ones who should be held accountable for the crimes of children in war are They can function normally in society. In many cases the people from the hometowns hold the accountability and do not want them to come back since they do not feel they can trust them. In some cases these children are held in the same prisons as adults and are subject to additional physical abuse and rape. In some cases when they are fighting for the resistance these children are the labeled terrorists. Sometimes they have been arrested for genocide in Rwanda . Under Rwanda, you can not miss the opportunity to get to know each other. Unlike South Africa Rwanda has not had a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to reveal the truth without prosecuting war criminals. PW Singer has helped reduce the use of child soldiers in South Africa; However it was a lot of work, Some of these soldiers became mercenaries for hire and were later accused of additional war crimes. [2] [3]

Many of the conflicts are motivated by class differences, business and drug interests. In many cases these are opium , coca , diamonds , oil and coltan . Religion is also a factor that motivates some of these conflicts including the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and the Taliban in Afghanistan . These religious institutions often push religious education in favor of secular schools. Several humanitarians including Jimmie Briggs have expressed hope that the international community will help children who do not have proper schools.

Briggs Believes That Global organisms Such As the UN and countries like the United States and shoulds can do more to address this concern. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has acknowledged that he should have more to sound the alarm and rally support to stop the genocide in Rwanda. He also thinks Secretary-General Kofi Annan should have allowed peace keepers in. He has criticized the USA for not ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child . The USA is one of only two countries that has failed to ratify this treaty, the other one is South Sudan . He has also been criticized for the support of the International Criminal Court . The White House and the United States Congress members have resisted efforts to restrict the spread of small arms that help increase the use of child soldiers since they can be handled easily. The USA has been supplying to many of the countries that use child soldiers. [4]

When ending wars it is important to address the concerns of these children otherwise they will be disruptive to the community and possibly increase the chance that will break down and the breakout of war will happen again. The availability of child soldiers and the chance that they will last. It is important that these children are given the right treatment in order to reintegrate back into society. This involves close contact with case workers and individual case files to help keep track of their progress.

Briggs is currently Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Man Up Campaign. FIFA World Cup. FIFA World Cup. FIFA World Cup.

  • To engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality through programming and support of youth-led initiatives to transform communities, nations and the world,
  • By promoting gender equality and sensitivity among global youth
  • Building a community of like-minded individuals, initiatives and organizations


See also

  • Ishmael Beah , A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
  • PW Singer , investigator and author of Children at War
  • Children of War – documentary film by Bryan Single


  1. Jump up^ PW SingerChildren at War, p. 20; 2nd youngest is 6 and 3rd is investigated by Henric Haggstrom.
  2. Jump up^ PW Singer “Children at War”
  3. Jump up^ PW Singer “Corporate Warriors”
  4. Jump up^ Victoria Garcia, “US Military Assistance to 1460 Report Countries: 1990-2005,” Center for Defense Information, 4/12/2004
  5. Jump up^ Man Up Campaign website

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