Millions Of Children At Risk In DR Congo Violence: UN
Umer Jamshaid 12 days ago Fri 19th February 2021 | 10:31 PM
Several million children are at risk in DR Congo regions that have been destabilised by armed groups, the UN's children's agency said on Friday
Kinshasa, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Feb, 2021 ) :Several million children are at risk in DR Congo regions that have been destabilised by armed groups, the UN's children's agency said on Friday.
Of these, half have been displaced in the past 12 months, it said.
"Displaced families live in crowded settlements that lack safe water, health care and other basic services, it said.
"Others are accommodated by impoverished local communities. In the most violence-afflicted provinces of Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika, more than eight million people are acutely food insecure." Children are at risk from sexual abuse and recruitment as child soldiers by armed groups, UNICEF said.
Documented violations of this kind rose 16 percent in the first six months of 2020 compared to the previous year.
A vast country the size of continental western Europe, the DRC is grappling with numerous conflicts, especially in its remote east.
UNICEF appealed for a greater effort to meet aid targets to prevent disease and malnourishment among children in the DRC.
It has so far received only 11 percent of the $384.4 million it is seeking for humanitarian operations in the DRC in 2021.