UN Says Murders And Mutilations Are Most Frequent Violations Of Children Rights In DR Congo

In a report published this week, MONUSCO revealed that within the month of Feb., 2022, 113 serious violations of children rights due to the armed conflict in the country.

The section for the protection of children rights of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has found that the murders and mutations were the most frequent violations of children rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a report published this week, MONUSCO revealed that within the month of Feb., 2022, 113 serious violations of children rights due to the armed conflict in the country

This was, however, a drop by 7 per cent as compared to violations registered in the month of Jan. 2022 which stood at 122.

The UN Mission in the DR Congo said of the 113 cases recorded in Feb. this year, 54 involved murder and mutilation of the children, followed in number by the recruitment and utilisation of child soldiers which stood at 31 cases, 18 abductions, six attacks against schools and hospitals, and four sexual violations.

Of the verified and confirmed violations, 56 were attributed to the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebels, 13 to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), 19 to the Apa na Pale armed group, eight to the UPDC fighters, five by Mai-Mai Mazembe, five by unidentified Mai-Mai combatants, three to Nyatura, two to Mai-Mai Biloze, two attributed to Mai-Mai Malaika, one to FRF Gumino, one to Zaire and two to unidentified armed elements.

The DR Congo national army, FARDC, is accused of being responsible for four violations of children’s rights.

A total of 72 violations have been confirmed in Ituri province, 25 in North Kivu, ten in Tangayika, five in South Kivu and one in Maniema.

As many as  2,342 children have been voluntarily freed by commanders following a roadmap signed in July 2018, the United revealed.

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