Recently I got the opportunity to speak to a group of children aged around ten about the life of a displaced child in Colombia.
I explained how armed groups force people off their land and talked about the poor conditions displaced people often live in.
After my talk, one ten-year-old boy came up to me and asked if the members of the armed group had been radicalized.
I explained, “No, they don’t have any particular ideology, they are probably motivated by greed as much as anything else.”
Afterwards I thought:
1) How good to see a child trying to make sense of the world in terms of the categories (e.g. radicalization) that he knows.
2) How sad that a ten-year-old growing up a peaceful country has to engage with such things.
But then, when I was ten, I worried about nuclear war.Share this post: