A difficult return to civil life for Kasai children used in armed conflicts

Kasai child soldiers

Demobilized child soldiers from the militia of the traditional chief Kamuina Nsapu are studying in a TOC in Kananga (UNICEF DRC Dubourthoumieu)

PHOTO REPORTMore than 20,000 children have been freed from armed forces and groups in the DRC over the last 10 years. Discover the story, doubt and certainties of former Kasai children used in armed conflicts.

A centre helping children to rebuild their lives

Since April 2017, the support centre for children in difficult situations, part of the National Catholic Children’s Bureau (BNCE), a UNICEF partner organisation, has taken in 90 children in Kananga.

The centre’s aims are to help the children to transition from military life to civil life, to eradicate the feeling of power which weapons and magico-religious practices have instilled in them, to aid their reintegration into study or work and, ultimately, to support a conflict-free return to their families

Children used in armed conflicts : unique photos

Find out our unique photo report from photographer Gwenn Dubouthoumieu

Between doubt and certainty

More info about child soldiers in DRC

Thanks to Sweden (SIDA), the USA (USAID), Canada (CIDA), Japan (JICA), the NetherlandsBelgium as well as UNICEF FranceAmade MondialeUNICEF Germany and previously CERF for their support to programmes assisting children released from armed groups and forces.

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Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu s’est intéressé à la photographie alors qu’il travaillait en Afrique pour des ONG humanitaires. Professionnel depuis avril 2010, son travail est régulièrement récompensé. Il travaille régulièrement pour UNICEF RDC en tant que consultant photographique.

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu became interested in photography while working in Africa for humanitarian NGOs. Professional since 2010, his work is regularly rewarded.  He's a photography consultant for UNICEF DRC.

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