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DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES

La situation d'insécurité persistante dans la partie orientale de la RDC a des impacts très néfastes sur les populations civiles à tous les niveaux, notamment : les femmes, les hommes, les jeunes y compris les enfants.
Parmi les effets très néfastes des conflits armés figure la paupérisation des communautés affectées par lesdits conflits qui sont obligées d'abandonner leurs champs, leurs habitations, les études pour les enfants et la jeunesse.
La pauvreté à son tour fera que mêmes les enfants lorsqu'ils ne mangent pas à leurs faim, ils développent des mécanismes dont ils pensent avoir la possibilité de résoudre cette question. C'est à ce niveau là que plusieurs enfants ne fréquentant pas l'école aujourd'hui, suite à l'incapacité des parents pour la prise en charge scolaire, se voient obliger de se rendre dans la rue, d'où le phénomène enfant de la rue. La rue constitue pour eux un refuge, mais un cadre propice où ils apprennent toute sorte d'anti-valeurs (fumer du chanvre et toute sorte de la drogue, voler, violer et même tuer). C'est devenu très dangereux pour les enfants dans les zones à recrudescence des conflits armés.

Plusieurs enfants, à l'instar des hommes, des femmes et de la jeunesse vont dans les carrés miniers où ils sont utilisés abusivement à des tâches ne concordant pas à leurs niveaux, plus précisemment à leur âge. Ils subissent des violations de leurs droits, notamment, les viols, d'autres, les filles, par exemples sont vouées à l'esclavage sexuel, d'autres sont obligés de porter de lourdes charges, etc

Les conséquences sont énormes : on peut citer, les maladies infectieuses, les Infections sexuellement transmissibles(IST),les épidémies de choléra, le paludisme, le VIH/SIDA etc...
Un autre danger imminent, c'est le risque d'être victime des éboulements lorsque les enfants à l'instar des jeunes ou des adultes descendent dans les mines.

A titre d'illustration, selon radio okapi, dans la nuit de ce dimanche 11/11 au Lundi 12/11/2012, quatre (4) personnes viennent de trouver la mort dans la localité de Tubimbi en territoire de Walungu/Province du Sud-Kivu, dans une carrière d'Or à Mufa. L'éboulement venait d'avoir lieu à Minuit, pendant que ces personnes se trouvaient déjà dans les puits. Parmi les victimes trouvées dans les décombres on a observé un élève de la 5e primaire.

Voilà pourquoi en tant que femmes, et en notre qualité de génitrices, nous déplorons l'état persistante de l'insécurité à l'Est de la République démocratique du Congo.

Nous supplions le Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies d'user de son pouvoir pour contraindre les agresseurs de la RDC à cesser de faire couler le sang des congolais épris de Paix. Trop c'est Trop!

English translation by community member Alex Kivley

DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES

The persistent insecurity situation in the eastern DRC has a very negative impact on all levels of the civilian population, including: women, men and the young – including infants.

Among the negative effects due to the armed conflicts is the impoverishment of communities affected by said conflicts and forcing them abandon their fields, homes and education for their children and youth.

Poverty in turn will even inhibit children from eating when they are hungry, they development mechanisms where they think they can solve this issue. It is at this level that many children do not attend school today, due to the parents’ inability to pay for school and the children are obliged to go into the street, supporting the phenomenon of the child on the street. The street is haven for them, but it is a framework where they learn all sorts of anti-values (smoking marijuana and all sorts of drugs, theft, rape and even murder). It has become very dangerous for children in these zones which increases armed conflict.

Many children, like men, women and youth are in the mining squares where they are misused to perform tasks that are not consistent with their age appropriate skill level. They suffer from violation of their rights, including rape among other things, girls, for example, are doomed for sexual slavery, others are forced to carry heavy loads, etc.

You can see the consequences are enormous : infectious diseases, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), cholera outbreaks, malaria, HIV/AIDS etc…

Another imminent danger is the risk of being a victim of landslides when children/young adults are down in the mines.

To illustrate, according to Radio Okapi, on Sunday night (11/11/2012) to Monday (11/12/2012), four (4) people were found dead in the town of Tubimbi in Walungu/Southern Province of Kivu in a gold mine in Mufa. The landslide had taken place at midnight while these people were already in the wells. Among the victims found in the rumble was a student of the 5th grade.

That is why as women, and in our capacity as progenitors, we deplore the persistent state of insecurity in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We beseech the Security Council of the United Nations to use its power to compel the aggressors in the DRC to stop shedding the blood of the peace loving Congolese. Enough is enough!

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DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES

The persistent insecurity situation in the eastern DRC has a very negative impact on all levels of the civilian population, including: women, men and the young – including infants.

Among the negative effects due to the armed conflicts is the impoverishment of communities affected by said conflicts and forcing them abandon their fields, homes and education for their children and youth.

Poverty in turn will even inhibit children from eating when they are hungry, they development mechanisms where they think they can solve this issue. It is at this level that many children do not attend school today, due to the parents’ inability to pay for school and the children are obliged to go into the street, supporting the phenomenon of the child on the street. The street is haven for them, but it is a framework where they learn all sorts of anti-values (smoking marijuana and all sorts of drugs, theft, rape and even murder). It has become very dangerous for children in these zones which increases armed conflict.

Many children, like men, women and youth are in the mining squares where they are misused to perform tasks that are not consistent with their age appropriate skill level. They suffer from violation of their rights, including rape among other things, girls, for example, are doomed for sexual slavery, others are forced to carry heavy loads, etc.

You can see the consequences are enormous : infectious diseases, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), cholera outbreaks, malaria, HIV/AIDS etc…

Another imminent danger is the risk of being a victim of landslides when children/young adults are down in the mines.

To illustrate, according to Radio Okapi, on Sunday night (11/11/2012) to Monday (11/12/2012), four (4) people were found dead in the town of Tubimbi in Walungu/Southern Province of Kivu in a gold mine in Mufa. The landslide had taken place at midnight while these people were already in the wells. Among the victims found in the rumble was a student of the 5th grade.

That is why as women, and in our capacity as progenitors, we deplore the persistent state of insecurity in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We beseech the Security Council of the United Nations to use its power to compel the aggressors in the DRC to stop shedding the blood of the peace loving Congolese. Enough is enough!

"Discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes."
~Marcel Proust

Salut Madeleine,

Je veux vous féliciter pour utiliser votre voix pour nous informer des difficultés quotidiennes que votre communauté est en train de confronter et pour demander de l'aide des Nations Unies. Afin d'améliorer cette situation, nous aurons besoin de toute l'aide que nous pouvons obtenir et prêcher la bonne parole est la meilleure façon pour commencer!
Avez-vous vu des améliorations? S'il vous plaît nous tenir au courant avec toute sorte de mise à jour de statut!

J'espère que vous allez bien,

Alex

Hi Madeleine,

I want to congratulate you for using your voice to inform us of the daily hardships your community is facing and for requesting help from the United Nations. In order to better this situation, we will need all the help we can get and spreading the word is the best way to begin!
Have you seen any improvements? Please keep us informed with any sort of status update!

I hope you are well,

Alex

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