We, the young reporters of Goma, have visited former child soldiers at the Transit and Orientation Centre of Goma with a Swedish delegation, follow us.
For the International Day of the African Child, Young Reporters plea for peace, so that children in DRC and in the world can have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The story of Mechak a 12 year old boy from Lumumbashi working as a cart-man.
Last June, DRC saw many of its major towns celebrate the Day of the African Child. The focus this year was on speeding up efforts to end child marriages and Ruth, a Young Reporter from Mbandaka Province, covered the events which included solid advocacy activities.
“For all those years, I suffered; I was often whipped. I stole from others, I didn’t even have a bed to sleep on.” Simon spent some difficult times in an armed group before being rescued and taken in by an NGO that gave him the chance to become a successful mechanic!
Josué, a #YoungReporter, met Florence, an orphan. Read Josués article and learn about the touching story of this very courageous litte girl who has found hope again!
At UNICEF, children participate in promoting their own rights: Merveille is a Young Reporter. She was lucky to have participated, last July, in the national workshop on children’s rights violations during armed conflict and she sets out what it was all about. Make sure you don’t miss our future articles on the same subject!
Volcano Nyiragongo destroyed 13% of Goma city in 2002. Luckily, pupils and teachers are now being educated about how to reduce the dangers that volcano erruptions expose them to. Find out how UNICEF and the DRC Government are working together to increase awareness!
So many girls miss out on a chance at a brighter future. Why so? Because of child marriage. Jean Paul, a Young Reporter at only 11 years old, met Yvonne who, unlike many of her friends, is lucky she is still studying.
Young Reporters in DRC carry out excellent documentation work on events about children’s rights. Nadia, a Young Reporter, covered the Ambassador of Japan’s visit to Goma, who’s aim it was to see the results of Japanese Government-funded projects to help former child soldiers. Read her article!