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.