In Congo, former child soldiers get a window on a better future

Christian Science Monitor
Goma, DR Congo

Someone told Mahinda that he is 16 years old. But his skinny frame and narrow shoulders suggest he could be at least three years younger. He doesn’t look strong enough to hold a machine gun – yet that is what he has been doing for the past three years. Continue reading In Congo, former child soldiers get a window on a better future

Measures to keep peace in Congo draw fire

Christian Science Monitor
Bunia, DR Congo

In the days before July’s historic elections, some hurried deals were done to keep peace in the war-racked eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two of the country’s most infamous militia leaders sat down with the government to sign handwritten peace accords. Also at the table was the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC).

Polling day passed peacefully. But critics say the deals run contrary to the UN’s mandate by letting war criminals go free and undermining chances for a long-term peace. Continue reading Measures to keep peace in Congo draw fire