DRC: Children at war, creating hope for the future

As part of the peace process, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo launched in June 2003, a program to disarm and reintegrate armed fighters – including around 30,000 children – into civilian life. In a new report, Amnesty International revealed that at least 11,000 children are still held by armed groups, or remains unaccounted for in the program. Majority of those missing are girls and “Amnesty International believes … that the majority of girls have been abandoned or misidentified as ‘dependants’ of adult fighters.” It said the government has not made any effort “to trace, recover and assist these lost children.”

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