Today, International Criminal Court (ICC) judges in The Hague delivered the Court's first verdict—a finding of guilt against former Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 14:29

CENTRAL AFRICA: High cost of child trafficking

 

Forced child labour remains rampant in Central Africa, where poverty fuels the trafficking of children from poorer countries to oil-rich states such as Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo, according to experts.

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The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the report of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on how that country is implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on children involved in armed conflict.

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A partnership of humanitarian organizations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has helped demobilize thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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A partnership of humanitarian organizations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has helped demobilize thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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Monday, 14 November 2011 11:13

DRC: Millions miss out on basic education

 

Access to basic education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains poor, with up to seven million children across the vast country out of school - despite a 2010 government decision to make primary education free.

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Murhula’s* life changed forever when he was nine years old. It was the year that he learned to kill, torture and rape.

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Five years into democracy, with the elections just a few weeks away, the majority of Congolese children continue to face a bleak future.

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The number of children under five who die each year has plummeted from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the UN says.

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At the age of 15, Nestor Tata watched rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) kill his father and not long afterwards came home from school to find the murdered body of his mother. With no siblings or anyone else to turn to, he took his parent’s savings from their hiding place under a mattress, packed a small bag and fled.

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