Tug-of-War: Children in armed groups in DRC

2018War Child,

A study on the push and pull factors influencing children to join armed groups ‘voluntarily’ in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. There is a tendency in the literature and in policy debates to discuss children joining armed groups almost exclusively in terms of forced recruitment. Yet, some are joining voluntarily. How does it happen? Why does it happen? Who are the children more prone to make this choice? Is it really a choice?

Key wordschildren in armed conflict / violence against children

CountriesDemocratic Republic of Congo