Luebo (Agenzia Fides) - Over the past two months, more than 140 children have died in the region of Kasai, DR Congo, because of armed conflict. The number of victims may be higher, with 500 reported cases of minors used by militias as human shields. In a statement by ONG World Vision, sent to Fides, reports that over 3,000 people have died and 1 million and 400,000 have had to abandon their homes due to violence in several Congolese regions. Kasai is one of the most heavily affected.
Childhood is one of the most vulnerable sectors and human rights organizations continue to denounce the use of child soldiers. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 4/8/2017)