Humanitarian assistance to children affected by conflict in east of DR Congo
Jean Paul is 9 years old, an orphan of a father (right) with his friend Musafiri (13), both were forced to flee their village of Kirumbu in Masisi territory, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo when fighting broke out between armed groups.
Our Colleague met them at Kivuye primary school where Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has provided schools items (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.) with funding from NORAD. The response consisted of improving the studying conditions of crisis-affected children and has attained 7 schools.
Despite the lack of necessary school means, Jean Paul is a courageous boy. He strives to study to make sure his future is better than his present.
“I would like to be a humanitarian worker in order to help others children affected by war as me”, said Jean-Paul.
3 years ago, he lives with a host family in Kivu and he doesn’t believe to come back to his native village because of insecurity that has increased.
Photo: NRC/Ephrem Chiruza. February 2017.