Walking through the streets of Bunia, we noticed something which shocked us: games stalls were being frequented by children, even though gambling is something normally reserved for adults.
The street has become the only family for many children across the DRC. Traditionally called ‘shegués’, these street children nonetheless have the right to enjoy a decent life.
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.
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.
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 – As defenders of children’s rights, we must mobilise the entire community and lead by example. Right now, we are not a generation without waste but we can become one by getting everyone involved.
YOUNG REPORTER – Every child must go to school and be able to eat as much as he needs no matter what his family situation is.
YOUNG REPORTER – Since 1993, 22nd March has been dedicated to the celebration of World Water Day. This year, the Young Reporters, in partnership with the Ituri listeners club for children, have come together for the treatment, preservation and importance of water.
YOUNG REPORTER – The large number of displaced people caused by the violence which disrupted the peace in the Province of Ituri is leading to a serious hygiene problem. Children and women are living in precarious conditions that make it difficult to practice good hygiene.