New lives ahead for DR Congo child soldiers

Millions have died and over 400,000 have been displaced by the ongoing battle for control of the country's resources.

    The Democratic Republic of Congo is attempting to rehabilitate some of its former child soldiers.

    Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger in DR Congo since the 1990s, as armed groups have fought for control of the country's vast natural resources.

    Some of the children were recruited by rebel groups when their villages were looted and burned.

    An estimated 600 homes have been destroyed by rebels in Katanga province and more than 400,000 people have been displaced by fighting between government forces and armed rebel groups in the last three months.

    Recruitment of child soldiers is a war crime now being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

    Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Lubumbashi.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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