понедельник, 10 апреля 2017 г.

Wars were not Invented by Children

How does the child perceive tragic events? What does he/she feel, understand and think? These questions are very important because children live now, here, with us, engage in different situations.
I want to write about the memories of the childhood (records of diaries, narratives, etc.) when war, terrorist attacks, the takings of hostages came to a peaceful life. I notice that only the brightest episodes remain in the memory (these are sometimes the episodes which seem not so tragic), but for some reasons, they remain in the mind and the soul of the child forever. 


Episode 1. "When we faced with the taking of hostages in our city for the first time, this event was something new, unknown and unclear for all of us. I remember how children discussed this incident. The main question of the children who were from five to six years old was: “What would you do if your family has been taken as hostages?” Someone said that it is necessary (like in movies or in fairy tales) to offer yourself in the exchange for the release of Mother and Father. Someone didn't know what he would do and was confused. Every child who wanted to join our group had to answer this question. We even played the game 'the release of hostages', thereby trying to understand the people (including children),  who have got into trouble …"


Episode 2. "I came to my Grandmother. She sat on a sofa, watched TV and cried: TV was showing the military operations in the Caucasus.
During World War II my Grandmother was in Stalingrad and knew what is war firsthand. Every time, when she was watching the programs about such events, reading about such situations, she was upset and cried about the dead and the injured people. She often said that she has never expected that she would observe and feel war so close again. Nobody understood the reasons of this war (the war in the Caucasus). Elderly people perceived especially painfully the current situation since it made them "come back" in the youth and recollect the war. They often said that they never thought that their children and grandsons would meet with such circumstances".

Episode 3. "In our city, the first refugees have appeared. Children-refugees went to school together with us, they didn't demand any attention or a special attitude. They played together with other children. These children never shared their memories, they only sometimes told about the native country/city, some of them claimed that she/he would like to return, some of them - no. Only from the adults, we learned what sufferings these children felt … 
My Grandfather lost a leg because of gangrene when he participated in the World War II. But he has never told about the war in spite of the fact that we asked him about it many times  I think, these children didn't also want to feel again the events, in which they participated..."

Episode 4. "From one girl I have heard: "We didn't sleep with Mother all night long, the Father again "went on the attack". I did not understand the sense of her words. It became clear to me only later that her Father has arrived from the war, and every night he had the same night dream - he took part in the battle with his soldiers … I remember how often adults said us that the boys who were mobilised for the war are only five – seven years older than we …"

Episode 5. "Terrorist attacks were the most terrible. I remember how I was revolted that songs and entertainment events were broadcasted on the TV when in my own city the explosion has just taken place, and so many people have died. We were at the lesson and heard a roar, at first we thought that it was a huge petard, but the school announcement explained what has happened. Children wanted to go to the place of tragedy, but the teacher told us to remain at school. She said: "Your parents know that you are at school, therefore, they won't worry".
I wrote my impressions in the diary.


However, the children's mentality was protected as far as it was possible: poems about the sea and the native city are in the diary after the records about what has happened …
Every night my Father with the other men kept watching – to protect our houses. We all were afraid of explosions of buildings, cars, electric trains, stations. I remember how we phoned each other to know whether all was well …"

Unfortunately, the latest events in London, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Egypt make us think about the horrors of reality.

Wars were not invented by children. Murders, deprivations, injustice are not acceptable to children. When children, despite everything, continue to play, to draw, to write stories and poems, we can say, that children try to be protected from the evil, and they also want to declare their position as the right to life.

When will adults understand and make something for the children who have right to observe and feel "the starry heavens above and the moral law within people" (I. Kant)?


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