Child Alert - Democratic Republic of Congo - Martin Bell Reports on Children Caught in War UNICEF

UNICEF photo: A former child soldier.

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A former child soldier.

In UNICEF's new report, 'Child Alert: Democratic Republic of Congo' – written by UNICEF UK Ambassador and former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell – children are at the heart of the human tragedy that has unfolded in DRC. Since conflict began there in 1998, nearly 4 million people have been killed by war or disease, or have simply disappeared without a trace. Every six months, the death toll in DRC rivals the total deaths caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Simply stated, this is currently the world's deadliest humanitarian crisis, and children bear its greatest burden. But forthcoming DRC elections, with international support, may finally offer hope for change.

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