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Let The Children Go Says UN To Congo Rebels!

The United Nations has urged rebel militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) to immediately free their children soldiers and put a halt to further recruitment. Kemal Saiki, speaking for the UN emphasized all rebel forces has signed an agreement in January but they were not abiding to pledges given at that time. He pleaded with them to “put an immediate end to child recruitment and to liberate all those child soldiers active in their ranks.” He termed the recruitment of a child under 15 to constitute a “war crime.” UNICEF sources said that warring militias had recruited between 2,000 and 3,000 youths between the ages of 12 and 18 in eastern sections of the country.

The UN estimates the ongoing conflict in the Congo has separated about seven percent of children from their parents and displaced at least 500,000 people. Each day people die as a result of conflicts in the Congo which have been raging for years without any significant outcry from the world.

Violence Continues In The Congo

Thousands of refugees poured out of camps in the eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo after Tutsi dominated insurgents attacked the army. Aya Shneerson of the UN said “There’s a massive movement of displaced toward Goma. It’s thousands of people. They’re packed onto the road carrying whatever they can carry.” The UN believes in the past few months an estimated 370,000 people have been displaced by the violence raging in the Congo. It is apparent Congo’s armed forces are not capable of defending the country against the various groups which have taken over large areas of the country. Hutus from Rwanda, who killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis fled that nation and moved into the Congo after the Tutsi government overthrew the Hutu government.

It is estimated that about 3,000,000 people have died in the Congo since the new century began, but the world remains indifferent to this tragedy. Somehow, the death of these millions does not register on the minds of the western world. They ignore the tragedy of the Congo and people die.