Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 November 2008

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Latest report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict

 


 

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo / Latest report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict

 

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) November 25, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

And the spokesperson for the general assembly president

 

 

You’ll find on the racks today the latest report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  In it, the Secretary-General says there has been a decrease in the number of serious violations against children.  Some progress was made in realizing a national action plan disarming and reintegrating former child combatants.  The report, however, stresses that children remain the primary victims of conflict in the Kivus and North Katanga.  They continue to be recruited by force by various armed groups, and sexual violence against children remains widespread.  Among the report’s recommendations, the Secretary-General urges the Congolese Government to adopt and implement a comprehensive national strategy to prevent, respond to and combat sexual violence.

 

There are no reported major security incidents in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo today.  That’s according to the UN Mission there. The overall situation remains tense, but adherence to the latest ceasefire agreement appears widespread.  UN humanitarian agencies are taking advantage of the lull in fighting to boost aid operations in the Kivu provinces.  The World Food Programme (WFP) has brought another 100 tons of food into Rutshuru for the area’s internally displaced civilians.  At the Kibati internally displaced persons camps near Goma, UNICEF has resumed registration for school children displaced by the violence.  It has also handed out basic school supplies to close to 1,000 children, making it possible for regular classes to resume soon.

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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