|According to Government regulations,
the youngsters may stay in the Village for up to 2 months while
our agents search for survivors among parents and relatives,
in order that they may return home.
After such family reunification,
continuous observation and support are programmed, within
the limits of our Organization’s means.
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DR CONGO – CHILDREN AT WAR
After 32 years of dictatorship and misrule Mobuto
Sese Seko had to give in to an armed revolution. The population
of the Congo had been united in overthrowing him, but when that
battle was over and won, another began: a civil war that has, until
now, costed 5.4 million human lives. As of today, the Democratic
Republic of Congo is bankrupt, and far too many of its citizens
have had to leave their homes and live in miserable camps for internally
displaced persons (IDPs). Officially, there is peace, but the risk
of another outbreak of war is constantly present and threatening.
Congo and the Congolese have always been losers when it came to
the world’s attention and international consciousness of their
situation and conditions of life. Admittedly there are both UN forces
and many international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) present
in the country, and many of them are performing a good and solid
job. Still Congo has dropped behind most other needing countries
when aid and assistance is concerned, and it is of essence to note
that in a country as vast as this, with a very scant and scattered
population and virtually no functioning infrastructure, as well
as with a miserable economy, the risk of poverty, disease and misery
is always at hand, and that there is practically no end to the need
of humanitarian aid.
And, as always, poorest of all are the children.
They are compelled to flee from their homes with or without their
parents. Thus they lose their rights and possibilities to school
and education – in a country with 90 % unemployment and a
devastating and ongoing battle to obtain what little work and revenue
there may be. NGOs are doing all they possibly can to help, but
the demand will always be bigger than the means to meet it.
And what about those children who do not have any
parents any more? Those who are left without any home, food, clothing
or protection? There are far too many of them, and this is probably
where help is the most needed, since orphans tend to disappear in
a crowd. One does not take any notice of them till they die, and
then, as we all know, it is too late.
This is the field where the Congolese NGO CERAO
has made it their task to help. We hereby seek for partnership and
support from willing friends, individuals and organization so that
we can save this future generation.
Contact Name: PINO KYAHI LUANDA EDMOND
Chief Executive Officer
Private tel/fax no: +243 998298411/+243993390243
NORTH KIVU PROVINCE
CITY OF BENI
1 NATIONAL ROAD
4, MAYALA AVENUE
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Tel (Mobile) +243813052188