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Dossier October 2013

The rehabilitation of child soldiers

The rehabilitation of child soldiers is the most difficult aspect. It is an attempt to give a different future to boys and girls marked by terrible experiences. After the end of several conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, tens of thousands of child soldiers were sent home. Very often, however, these children, recruited in refugee camps, do…

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Latin America & Asia

Colombia’s largest rebel organization has stepped up the recruitment of children to boost its weakened fighting units even as it negotiates with the government an end to a half century of conflict. It talks peace with the government, according to child welfare workers and human rights organisations. “As the guerrillas suffer blows and more and…

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Africa – Armies and rebels

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 Africa has the largest number of child soldiers, around 120,000. They are being used in armed conflicts in the Central African Republic, Chad, the DRC, Somalia, and Sudan. In the DRC, thousands of children are fighting. Different groups of rebels are particularly active in North and South Kivu recruiting children. Eyewitnesses confirmed the presence of…

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Child Soldiers – The deadly game

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 Najat was 15 years old and had never used a gun. One day a man came to his village, not far from El Fascher in Darfur (Sudan), and asked him if he wanted to earn some money. Najat and his cousin Waleed with other boys and a few girls followed the man. They arrived in…

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Advocacy

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis advocates for poor countries’…

In his Easter Urbi et Orbi message, Pope Francis urged all nations to “meet the greatest needs of the moment through the reduction, if not…

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Baobab

The Chimpanzee and the Crocodile.

0nce upon a time the chimpanzee and the crocodile were good friends. At midday, the chimpanzee would always go to the riverbank and call the crocodile:…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth Sowing Seeds Of Peace.

Starting afresh from children to build a peaceful future in Africa. Rely on their energies to transform the continent into a better place. This is the sense…

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