The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has expressed its concerns at the situation of children in Ituri in DR Congo as a result of the ongoing conflict.
e plight of children amid armed conflict in in the eastern province of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo is “one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time”, UNICEF has warned.
There has been an upsurge in armed and inter-community violence in Ituri in recent weeks, with serious violations against women and children.
The increase comes despite repeated warnings by UNICEF and other humanitarian organizations about the violence, which includes machete attacks and sexual assaults.
There have been nearly 175 grave violations since January 2021, including cases of recruitment of children into armed groups, killings and maiming of children, sexual violence and attacks on schools and hospitals.
“We continue to raise the alarm on the terrible situation of children in Ituri because we do not want the world to become numb to one of worst humanitarian crises of our time,” said Jean Metenier, UNICEF’s Senior Coordinator for Eastern DRC.
“Every day, children and their rights are undermined through relentless violence and grave rights violations, displacement, rising food insecurity, and lack of access to pretty much every basic service, including schooling.
“We say it over and again: we need the international community to step up, as our work is barely scratching the surface of needs.