EMERGENCIES – Matthieu * (16 years old), Karl * (14 years old) and Jonathan * (11 years old) are three children from villages and different origins but with stories that are similar.
In Mbandaka, a city in the Equator Province, social assistance is put in place to accompany minors faced with the judicial system.
YOUNG REPORTER – Rachel is now 20 years old. All she ever wanted was to study to become a nurse. But her dream was stolen from her when she was abducted and recruited by force into an armed group in the north-east of the DRC.
TESTIMONY – Salama was in class at her primary school in the Djugu territory, located in the Ituri Province, when armed men attacked her village. Salama has had no news about her family since then.
YOUNG REPORTER – In the city of Bunia, capital of the Ituri Province, many young people aged between 12 and 17 years old, take drugs. This is a real harmful problem which affects their health, their education and their future.
PROTECTION – “For the first three months, I had to take my daughter to the hospital every day, the cost of transport alone cost 2000 francs ($1.5) every day. It’s a lot of money for someone like me who doesn’t have an income”
YOUNG REPORTER – Walking in my neighborhood in Bunia, I met Amina, 17 years old. The young girl, who became a mother at the age of 16, tells us her story with sadness.
TESTIMONY – When she was 17, Judith fell pregnant and was forced to give up her studies. Many girls in Kinshasa have had the same experience as Judith
PROTECTION – In Mbandaka, 20 families has been selected to accommodate unaccompanied or separated children. The Pongo Zambe family recently fostered 16 year old David.
TESTIMONY – In December 2015, Lisa two girlfriends were abducted by a group of militiamen. They walked for about 6 hours in the bush and had to learn how to use guns and kill people.