AFRICA/DR CONGO - Millions of children orphaned due to conflict and exploitation

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 minors  


Goma (Agenzia Fides) - Millions of children orphaned, victims of violence have continued to rise in Goma since 1994. The complaint comes from the "En Avant Les Enfants" center INUKA. According INUKA, more than 4 million children have lost at least one parent in the last twenty years, silent victims of ongoing cycles of violence. These poor persecuted are part of the more than 26 million orphans living in central and western Africa. The Country in which these children grow has been plagued by ethnic conflict and a fight over valuable minerals. This phenomenon is also fueled by the violence and the forced displacement of people that prevents millions of children to grow up in a normal family environment. Many orphans are forced to earn a living, and have to often take care of their siblings. Some are recruited by armed organizations or are victims of sexual exploitation. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 29/11/2016)