Democratic Republic of Congo: Children at war, creating hope for the future

Democratic Republic of Congo: Children at war, creating hope for the future

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Index Number: AFR 62/017/2006
Date Published: 10 October 2006
Categories: Africa, Democratic Republic Of Congo

As part of a national peace process, the DRC government has launched a programme for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) into civilian life of an estimated 150,000 government troops and armed group fighters, including an estimated 30,000 children. This report highlights Amnesty International's fear that as long as their needs are not addressed by the DRC government and the international community, released children are at risk of being quickly redrawn into the armed forces or armed groups or of being abandoned to an impoverished and forlorn existence


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