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Hope House - Uganda
Hope House will be a safe haven a Residential Rehabilitation
Refuge for female 'child soldiers' from Uganda and DR Congo.
Estimates suggest that 40% of the African army are
child soldiers. Moreover, not only has Africa experienced the fastest
growth in the use of child soldiers, but the average age of the
children enlisted in some African countries is declining as well.
A January 2013 World Bank briefing on ‘Children
in Emergency and Crisis Situations’, says:
“The use of girls [by armed forces] has
been confirmed in Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and West
It is estimated that many of the child soldiers
are girls and they are often used as 'wives' (i.e. sex slaves) of
the male combatants. DRC has been described as the ‘rape capital
of the world’.
About 40% of the hundreds of thousands of child
soldiers scattered across the world’s war torn areas today
are thought to be girls, but the numbers of girls enrolling in ‘child
soldier rehabilitation programs’ is less than 5%.
Women face a compound burden, research has shown that they are more
likely to suffer depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress
disorder, compared with boy soldiers.
Worse still when these traumatized young women return
to their communities, having had unwanted pregnancies during their
times with rebel groups, they face the double stigma of having participated
in violence sometimes their own village or family and being seen
as ‘impure,’ and not suitable for marriage.
Statistics show that:
70% had witnessed beatings or torture.
63% had witnessed violent death.
77% saw stabbings, chopping, and shooting close-up.
62% had been beaten by armed forces.
39% had been regularly forced to take drugs such as marijuana and
45% of girls and 5 percent of boys had been raped by their captors.
27% had killed or injured others during the war.
Help is urgently needed…