YOUNG REPORTER – During her visit to a Transit and Orientation Centre in Goma, the US Ambassador to the United Nations agreed to be interview by the Young Reporters.
Practicing capoeira in the DRC puts a new smile on the faces of the children who have suffered under the armed forces and armed groups.
At 12 years of age, having lost both parents, Trésor* joined the FRPI, an active armed group in the north-east of the DRC. Very sad, he talks to me about his memories of a life as a child soldier and what he has become today. The moving story of Trésor, 17 years old, resembles that of hundreds of former child soldiers.
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.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1612 on Child Rights during Armed Conflicts, a committee of children from all over DRC gathered in Kinshasa to advocate their rights and take part in an inclusive workshop. Eunice a Young Reporter gives us a detailed account of this story!
“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!
How can children come to forget the extreme hardships they experienced in armed groups and forces? One successful method is capoeira, e sport that originated in Brazil hat combines disciplane, strength and dance. Thank you, Brazil, for you precious support in this project!
Bora is a Young Reporter and her literary talent is undisputable. In this article, she shares her feelings and her ideas about grave violations of children’s rights in armed conflict. A MUST-READ!
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!
Children promoting their own rights? This was the exact aim of the workshop that took place in Kinshasa on 3 July on the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism for serious violations of children’s rights in armed conflict. Carmel, a Young Reporter tells us all about the day!