Congo Children Live in Fear


Children displaced by conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo live in fear, a World Vision report says.

More than one-third of children interviewed for the report say they're scared all the time or at some point each day. More than a third also report having experienced or witnessed violence. Many lost family members. Most live in makeshift camps. Hunger, loneliness, disease, and fear for one’s safety are constant companions.

Says Aimee, 14, who lives in Bulengo camp, Goma, “I fled because there was so much shooting. People were dying in the village. I think about my parents a lot because when we were at home, we were eating well, dressing well, and the children were happy. But when the children ask me about their mother, I cry.”

Photo © Simon Rawles / World Vision

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