Former child soldiers. Photo courtesy of Child Soldier International. Young girls are being recruited into armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo in alarming numbers, according to international charity Child Soldiers International CSI. Disturbingly, many girls aren't being abducted or forced to join the group, but are choosing to join as a result of desperate poverty. Child Soldiers International estimates that up to a third of girls they surveyed, currently embedded with armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, joined of their own volition. They warn—in comments first reported by French broadcasters RFI—that numerous armed militias throughout the eastern DRC are targeting girl soldiers, in addition to boys.
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Teens Build Homes and Community in Democratic Republic of Congo - ATD Fourth World
In Bukavu, a city in the eastern part of the country, young people involved with ATD take this notion very seriously. Their resources and energy, as well as their teamwork and determination, all come together to accomplish construction projects that build new buildings and solidarity in their community. Last August, thirty teenagers from three different neighbourhoods Muhungu, Kadutu et Burhiba worked together to rebuild the home of an elderly woman and her family. The house was located on a hill far from the centre of town and could only be reached by foot.
Teens Build Homes and Community in Democratic Republic of Congo
This project will help equip a new clinic, supply medicine, medical, lab and operating room equipment to save the lives of the thousands of women and girls who die every day for lack of access to basic women and maternal health services in Congo. These deaths are preventable, and Congo Lotus Care works to stop them in the Democratic Republic of Congo by providing quality, life saving healthcare to women and girls. The project will cover the costs of operating a modern, high quality clinic in Congo, in the city of Kinshasa, providing care to women, men, children and teens in need of quality health care.
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