Democratic Republic of Congo: More and more children are fleeing the fighting in …

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At least one hundred children have lost their parents in recent weeks in renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or have been separated from them while fleeing. This is stated by the children’s rights organization Save the Children, which helps them find relatives and temporarily place them with foster families.

Most of the children are from Rutshuru in North Kivu Province, where clashes between armed groups over the past three months have forced at least 10,400 families with 43,000 children from their homes. Most have fled to neighboring areas, with more than 11,000 people to neighboring Uganda.

“The crisis in the DRC is a child crisis,” said Amavi Akpamagbo, Save the Children’s country director in the DRC. “They have to leave their homes in fear and risk losing their families in the chaos during the flight. Some do not find their parents for days or weeks – or are told they are dead. We are deeply concerned about the well – that “be of these girls and boys, for many will have serious physical and psychological consequences. Donors and governments must step up their efforts to ensure that children are protected in this conflict.”

The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains very unstable. For about 20 years, conflicts between different communities and non-state armed groups and security forces have raged in parts of the country. There are also extreme weather conditions caused by the climate crisis and social and economic challenges. The DRC is the African country with the most internally displaced persons: an estimated 5.5 million people out of a population of around 90 million. In addition, an estimated 27 million people – almost a third of the population – are affected by acute food insecurity, and at least 29,000 children are acutely malnourished. This puts the DRC in one of the biggest famine crises in the world.

Save the Children is active in family reunification in the north of the country and offers psychosocial support to children who are traumatized, separated from their parents or victims of abuse. They can relax there in shelters and play areas. After the outbreak of violence in the east, education and child protection programs were launched in North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu, destroyed schools were repaired, and children received educational materials.

Jacques * also sought protection with his family in a reception center for displaced people in North Kivu, supported by Save the Children. “When shots were fired in our village, my mother and I were very scared. We fled and left all our belongings,” the 16-year-old said. “When it got quieter, I went to our house to pick them up, but they had already been stolen. There was not even a pot to cook anymore. I used to go to school, but because of the war I do not go “This life of throwing and turning is a huge burden. We run away and when we come back we have no place to sleep.”

About Save the Children: In the post-war year 1919, the British social reformer and child rights activist Eglantyne founded Jebb Save the Children to save children in Germany and Austria from starvation. Today, it is now the largest independent child rights organization in the world, active in around 120 countries. Save the Children works for children in wars, conflicts and disasters. For a world that respects the rights of children, where all children can live healthy and secure lives and grow up and learn freely and independently – for over 100 years.

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Silke Zorn
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Mail: silke.zorn@savethechildren.de

Original content from: Save the Children Deutschland eV, broadcast by news aktuell

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