DRC’s Kasai children succumb to terror

DRC’s tormented childrenFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AT least 58 children have been killed and 46 injured this year during tensions that have also led to the forced recruitment 500 children by militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The crisis is worsening in the central Kasai region where more than 35 000 children have been affected by attacks, occupations and the closure of schools due to external threats.
Health centres have been destroyed during the fighting and can no longer be supplied with medicines.
Medical staff have fled their workplaces while entire communities fear visiting the remaining health centres.
In addition, 639 primary and secondary schools were destroyed or attacked by militiamen in the provinces of Central Kasai and Kasai.
In some cases, teachers have been directly targeted.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in DRC, Maman Sidikou, said children were disproportionately affected by the conflict and exposed to extreme risks of violence.
Sidikou said the recruitment of children and their use as human shields by militias was an unacceptable violation of the rights of children and must immediately cease.
“The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” Sidikou said.
The Kasai besieged by skirmishes pitting the army and militia loyal to a tribal leader the forces killed last August.
More than one million people are displaced today due to the violence in this part of the conflict-prone Central African country of 77 million.
Most of them live in deplorable conditions, without access to health care, food or drinking water.
CAJ News

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