Over a Million Children Trapped in Congo Violence
21 de abril de 2017, 15:13United Nations, April 21 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that 1.5 million children are at risk due to extreme violence in the Congolese province of KasaÃ¯-Central.
According to UNICEF, 600,000 of these minors have been displaced from their homes due to clashes between the army and the local Kamuina Nsapu militia.
'Children from KasaÃ¯-Central are forced to endure horrific ordeals, and many of them have been injured in the violence, with reports of children detained, raped and even executed', the UNICEF interim representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tajudeen Oyewale, added.
KasaÃ¯-Central, one of the poorest Congolese provinces, has been fighting against this violence since August 2016 following the death of a traditional leader in fighting with the security forces.
UNICEF said that about 2,000 children are being used by militias in the region, and 300 of them have been seriously injured.
This agency also stated that 350 schools have been destroyed and one-third of health centers are no longer functional.
During this week, UN investigators have documented 40 mass graves in Kasai Central.
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