Democratic Republic of the Congo - Conflict - The Rape of a Nation
A child mines for gold in Watsa, Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, in October 2004. Most of these artisan miners are combatants, who control these mineral-rich areas and profit from its exploitation. The DRC contains one of the highest numbers of child soldiers in the world. Many are abducted or recruited by force, and often compelled to follow orders under threat of death. Others join armed groups out of desperation. Denied a childhood and often subjected to horrific violence, child soldiers endure one the most appalling of human rights abuses. | Location: Watsa, Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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