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War - What is it good for?
Causes of war
Impacts of war
Injury or death
War breaks up families
Painful memories
Child soldiers
A shattered land
Weapons vs welfare
Stages of conflict
Case study: Rwanda - Part 1

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Shattered land
War destroys whole countries, as well as the lives of individual people.

War destroys infrastructure: houses, stores, schools, hospitals, roads, rail lines, airports, communication systems, electricity and water supply systems - everything a country needs to run smoothly.

War damages the natural environment. For example, the United States used Agent Orange, a chemical that kills plant foliage so enemy soldiers (and civilians) couldn't find cover to hide in the thick jungles during the war in Vietnam. It has remained in the food chain, causing birth defects in babies decades after the war.

Landmines and unexploded bombs perpetuate poverty. The presence of land mines makes farming, raising livestock and gathering wood or water difficult or impossible. This means areas of land remain unsafe and farmers can't grow as much food as usual.

If fighting comes close to the places where people live, fear itself can stop normal life. Stores close, young people stay away from schools and universities, farmers leave their fields alone. Everyone stays inside, or in many cases, people choose to flee. Businesses decline and farms become overgrown. Nothing gets done.

     A tree diagram

Complete a tree diagram to show how war destroys the daily life and economy of a country. Do this by:

  1. Drawing a tree shape.
  2. Label the trunk – WAR
  3. Then label each of the branches with a problem caused by war. Secondary branches can list consequences of those problems and so on.
  4. Below the ground show the ‘root’ causes of war.