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 […]

Youth activism counts as 10,000 plea for Joseph Kony justice

Youth activism counts as 10,000 plea for Joseph Kony justice

Allison Punch – WNN Justice (WNN/EP) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: On Friday, November 15, Invisible Children hosted Lobby:DC, an all-day event bringing activists to the heart of U.S. policy with meetings on Capitol Hill. Over 700 activists received training from IC staff on how to engage Congress members and urge them to support the pursuit […]

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 […]

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

Gillian Lamunu – WNN Opinion (WNN/IWPR) Gulu, UGANDA, AFRICA: Last month, the Ugandan government dropped its 12-year-old amnesty for rebel combatants who decide to lay down their arms and renounce violence. On May 23, Interior Minister Hilary Onek extended the Amnesty Act for a further 12 months, but in a form that left out crucial clauses […]

UN report substantiates LRA criminal actions against child soldiers

UN report substantiates LRA criminal actions against child soldiers

WNN Breaking (WNN) UNITED NATIONS, N.Y, New York: Reporting stark and continuing conditions for children under the LRA – Lord’s Resistance Army in what has been called abductions, forced child soldiers and the sexual slavery of girls, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has released the first of a series reports on the criminal activities […]

CONGO: Discussion groups help male youth work to prevent violence against women

CONGO: Discussion groups help male youth work to prevent violence against women

WNN Breaking (WNN) KINSHASA, DRC: As paramilitary violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues with the absence of much of the western world’s media coverage, United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF is helping to bring ‘child-friendly’ spaces to adolescents who have been displaced. Many Congolese youth have experienced, seen or have had loved […]