Kasai: children on the frontline

child soldiers in Kasai

“I fought three times on the battlefield. Many girls died in front of my eyes. If I could start all over again, I would rather go search for uniforms in order to go to school.”

Thousands of children in Kasaï have been associated with militias and experienced atrocities. Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasaï region has inflicted a devastating toll on children since fighting flared in August 2016. Children are being used by militias in combat to fight and kill, and as human shields. UNICEF supports two centers in Kananga helping children formerly associated with militias to make the transition back to their families and communities.

As of May 2018, UNICEF has assisted 1,600 children formerly associated with militias. Discover some of their stories:

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Typhaine Daems

Typhaine Daems est consultante en communication à l’UNICEF RDC. Elle est en charge de la gestion des réseaux sociaux et du blog.

Typhaine Daems is a Communication Consultant at UNICEF in DRC. She manages the UNICEF DRC's social networks and blog.

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