October 2007 - “Machel plus 10” to address children and armed conflict

Tape#: JN 7293 DRC Child Soldier Masika
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“Masika” led a brigade of twelve women soldiers while still in her teens.

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Production date: February-March, 2007, November 2005

Duration: 3:43

Keywords: UNICEF, children, Nkunda, child soldier, CTO, DRC, DR Congo, Machel

Main shooting locations: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo; Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of Congo

Main sequences: In the past ten years, much progress has been made in recognizing the importance of demobilizing child soldiers and reintegrating them with society. As UNICEF reviews the recommendations of the landmark U.N. “Machel Report” on children and armed conflict, the stories of former soldiers are much needed testimony. This is the story of “Masika,” a young woman who spent five years in a rebel militia in Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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