RapNet


Rapaport News

 

Fair Trade

 
Rapaport Broadcast
Martin Rapaport’s Webinar on Estate Jewelry
October 30 2019

Advanced search
Latest Articles
Videos
Features
News
Mining
Rough Markets
Polished Markets
Manufacturing
Retail

Rebel Recruitment of Children in DRC Worries UN

At least 53 children are at risk for being re-recruited.
Jun 10, 2013 3:21 PM   By Jeff Miller
Print Print Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Share Share

RAPAPORT... Senior United Nations officials are growing increasingly concerned about reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) citing that  children who escaped from the 23 March Movement (M23) rebels are being recaputured for recruitment.

The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict found that at least 53 children are at risk of being re-recruited in Nyiragongo Territory, North Kivu Province, in eastern DRC.  The M23 rebel group is made up of former members of the Congolese armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, who mutinied in April 2012.

“I strongly condemn the recruitment and use of children as well as other grave child rights violations committed by the M23 and other armed groups,” said Roger Meece, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, urged the M23 and other armed groups to “immediately stop abusing children.”

“I want to remind their leaders that they will be personally held accountable for any violations against children, including the recruitment, re-recruitment or use of children in their ranks,'' Zerrougui added.

The children are apparently part of a group of at least 70 people recruited in Nyiragongo and Rutshuru territories. They had escaped from the rebel group during clashes between Bosco Ntanganda and Sultani Makenga’s factions in February 2013. Since then, 17 have reportedly fled the area while the remaining 53 are still in hiding in several locations, according to MONUSCO.

The UN Mission added that it continues to receive “worrying reports” that members of the M23 are meeting local chiefs and requesting them to identify and handover combatants who have deserted from the group.  MONUSCO added that it is doing its utmost to access these children to ensure their protection and reunite them with their families.


Tags: abuse, children, drc, Jeff Miller, peacekeeping, recruitment, un
Similar Articles
Rapaport LogoMartin Rapaport New Year Message
Dec 20, 2018
Dear Friends,Greetings and best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperousand...
WDC Issues Definition of Conflict Diamonds
NGOs Slam Industry’s Human-Rights Efforts
Comments: (0)  Add comment Add Comment
Arrange Comments Last to First



Call Us: 1-702-893-9400
Member License Agreement   RapNet Trading Rules & Code of Conduct    Privacy Policy  
  
twitter twitter
About Rapaport
Advertise with us