Many children decide on their own to join armed forces, not because they
want to, but because of specific reasons. A child is most likely to choose to become a soldier if they are poor, separated
from their family, displaced from their homes, living in a combat zone, or have limited access to education. This makes orphans
and refugees vulnerable to becoming a child soldier. Many children join because of economic or social pressure. Some children
join to avenge family members who have been killed. Most, if not all of the reasons mentioned above have to deal with desperation.
These children see these armed forces as their best source of survival. They believe that the armed group will offer them
food, shelter and security.