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.
TESTIMONY – Forced to take up arms at the age of 16, the young Fadhili has succeeded in becoming a nurse, swopping his weapon of war for a stethoscope and a syringe. For his community, Fadhili is a role model!
TESTIMONY – Rachel was only 11 years old. She had been abducted by an armed group while returning from the field with her parents and a young militiaman took her as wife.
BLOG – I meet the children while they attend a mathematics class. I feel they are doing surprisingly well. When they tell me about their future plans it becomes fascinating.
BLOG – Alphonsine’s story is only one amongst hundreds of tales of children whose childhood has been stolen and abused by armed groups in eastern DRC, but who has, with the support of UNICEF, been able to move on.