When we think of soldiers fighting for terror groups like Boko Haram, we often forget that many of them are kids, kidnapped and conscripted. From Sarah A. Topol in the NYT Magazine: The Boys From Baga. “As the group steadily escalates a child’s participation in violence, they are resocializing them. Training breaks a child’s will, and the first kill is a kind of baptism. Ritual becomes important. Charms and magic reduce guilt. Killing becomes normalized. The more gratuitous the violence — gang rape, ceremonial sacrifice, mutilating and murdering neighbors or family members — the harder it becomes to contemplate returning home.”