DR Congo's Street Children - a Target for War Lords & Traffickers

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Here in the DRC, the number of street children is on the rise.

DRC street children have become destitute in the real sense of the word, as they have no shelter on their heads and have no one to provide them with plates of food for survival.

I am certain the reason for this is that many of them have been victims of the political and social environment of their respective communities over periods of time.

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Poverty and Domestic Violence in DR Congo

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By Mugisho Theophile, Executive Director of Safe World Field Partner, COFAPRI:

"In an exchange with COFAPRI women, we learned a lot reasons why abused women often experience poverty: because of men’s violence in the home.

Abused women bear their moral, spiritual and material wounds, so they are helpless to overcome husbands’ abuse. This is often caused by the patriarchal motivation of men who yearn domination over women in society and in their home."

 

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Traditional Leaders in DR Congo

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In DR Congo, traditional leaders are exclusively men.

Traditional leaders existed in the Congo since long ago, with colonialism, after the independence, and even today, they still exist.

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Women of DR Congo Speak Out

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"In Congolese society, there exists an old set of rules called the Family Code that subordinates women by requiring them to obey and submit totally to the husband...."

COFAPRI co-founder, Bahati Valérie, discusses the issue of status with women and youth of DR Congo.

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