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 by force into an armed group.
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.
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.
Despite the efforts of the Government and its partners, the rights of children in Ituri Province are not fully respected.
Without education and professional qualifications, girls cannot access good employment and, consequently, they cannot contribute to the country’s development.
I met Busime, 16, in Bukavu where, alongside her brother, she sells carrots. She does this work so that she can pay her school fees. This is her story.
In order to best protect people, they must be integrated into the process and encouraged to participate. In my opinion, a decision which concerns me made in my absence is against my interests.
Under no circumstances should a financial barrier constitute an obstacle to accessing healthcare, and so free healthcare appeared to be a very good thing in Ebola affected areas.
YOUNG REPORTER – Many parents use a variety of forms of discipline to make their child understand that his or her behaviour was wrong. These parents are convinced that using forceful methods is the way to bring up their child well.
YOUNG REPORTER – Children can participate in different ways. We can plead, write articles and tell stories but we can also be at the heart of activities of concern to us. Instead of having an adult moderating, we can also let a child do it!