Extreme concern for armed child soldiers in DR Congo rising, says UN

Extreme concern for armed child soldiers in DR Congo rising, says UN

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations Kinshasa, DR CONGO, MIDDLE AFRICA: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today it is extremely concerned about persistent reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the country, and called on all actors to help stop this grave violation against children. According […]

Congo’s Catholic nun Sister Angélique receives Nansen Refugee Prize

Congo’s Catholic nun Sister Angélique receives Nansen Refugee Prize

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Bringing a window of optimism and confidence to displaced women and girls who have suffered greatly under war and conflict in the rural northeast region of the DRC – Democratic Republic of the Congo, a 46-year-old Roman Catholic nun named Sister Angélique Namaika has been chosen […]

83 Mayi Mayi child soldiers in Eastern Congo released

83 Mayi Mayi child soldiers in Eastern Congo released

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) Kibwela, EASTERN DRC, MIDDLE AFRICA: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the release of 82 children from the Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga armed group through the joint efforts of aid agencies working in the country. The children – 69 boys and 13 girls […]

Use of child soldiers in Central Africa on increase, says UNICEF

Use of child soldiers in Central Africa on increase, says UNICEF

WNN Breaking (WNN) Bangui/Dakar, AFRICA/GENEVA, UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are increasingly recruiting and involving children in armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). UNICEF calls for the immediate cessation of child recruitment by all armed groups […]

CONGO: Women seeking justice at ICC see case dismissed

CONGO: Women seeking justice at ICC see case dismissed

WNN Breaking (WNN/FIDH) Geneva, Switzerland, THE HAGUE, ICC: The International Criminal Court in Geneva, Switzerland has just dismissed an important case that may have brought relief for women seeking justice against sexual atrocity in Africa’s Congo region. At the same time the ICC is calling for more detailed investigations. The Trial Chamber II of the […]

Women in neighboring countries work together to aid women of Eastern Congo

Women in neighboring countries work together to aid women of Eastern Congo

Joe DeCapua – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Goma, DRC – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, AFRICA: Humanitarian agencies are scrambling to locate displaced civilians and provide assistance following the M23 rebel group’s takeover the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. For years, the town has been the center of aid operations, but […]

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

WNN Breaking (WNN/ICRC) Ango Territory, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF  CONGO, AFRICA: On the occasion of World Mental Health Day (10 October), the ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross looks at the plight of children and youth forcibly recruited by armed groups the psychosocial support provided by local actors to lighten their heavy load after […]