YOUNG REPORTER – From Monday to Saturday, Mave go in class but in order to pay her school fees, she wakes up every Sunday at 4 am to to sell cassava leaves.
CHILD REPORTER – I would like to share with all readers some sad realities that young girls live on a daily basis, which stem from the occurrence of menstruation. I write this article with the hope that, from where you are, you will act in their favour.
YOUNG REPORTER – The street has become the only family for many children across the DRC. Traditionally called ‘shegués’, these street children nonetheless have the right to enjoy a decent life and a better family than the street can provide.
PROTECTION – Like Rachel and Exaucé, thirteen thousand live on the streets in Kinshasa. Thirteen thousand children. Thirteen thousand lives.
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”