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CHILD SOLDIERS: Child Protection Organization Identify More Than 40 Minors Enrolled in the Armed Group of Rebel Leader Kavundja Liwa

The child protection and working group has identified at least 41 minors, including 21 girls aged 9 to 17, have been forcibly recruited by the armed group of the late rebel leader Kavundja Liwa in the village of Mulenda Ilunga.

An operation to identify and register these children was carried out by member organizations of the child protection and working group, as well as the disarmament, demobilization, community recovery and stabilization program.

According to information provided by the local civil society on Monday, June 10, 2024, the objective of this mission was also to assess the needs for the care of these adolescents.

The same source revealed that these children had since been intergrated into foster families in the Batumba village.

It should be noted that after the death of Kavundja Liwa, leader of these armed groups, it is Commander Muefu who has taken over and currently leads this rebel movement which operates in several mining quarries located in the Mitumba range.

The rebel groups operate particularly in the territories of Kanje and Matete where they have committed several abuses against civilian populations.

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