Amongst the displaced people fleeing the violence of the Djugu territory in Ituri Province, there are children, elderly people but also pregnant women.
We will continue to be involved in any approach that will aim at the emergence of an Africa and a world favorable to the development and thrive of children and young people.
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.
“When it rains, we dismiss the students to their homes seeing as the roofs of our rooms are made of straw. We cannot resist bad weather since the walls do not exist either”
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.