Struggling to Survive: Children in Armed Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 2006


In 2006, DRC continues to endure the world's deadliest humanitarian crisis, with more than 38,000 people dying every month as direct and indirect consequences of the armed conflict, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Approximately 45 percent of these deaths occur among children under age 18. In addition, children are targets of human rights violations committed by armed forces and groups on a daily basis. The overwhelming majority of these crimes are committed in an environment of utter impunity. (Both in French and English)

Key wordsarmed conflict / child soldiers / children / human rights / impunity / internally displaced persons / organised violence / refugees / sexual violence

CountriesDemocratic Republic of Congo