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No respite for Congo's child soldiers

Warring militias in the north-east Democratic Republic of Congo are not honouring promises to stop recruiting child soldiers to fight for them, say Amnesty International. The human rights organisation says that the thousands of children have been forced to become soldiers in the army and in militias, and are often forced to kill and rapes. In a report titled ‘Democratic Republic of Congo: Children at War’, the international rights group said that groups in Ituri province were still recruiting in a conflict that has killed 50,000 people. Amnesty International wants those involved in the recruitment to be investigated and prosecuted. It has also asked French peacekeepers who have been in the north-eastern town of Bunia, to remain there until a beefed up UN force is fully up and running. Full Story

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