Reference : V-P-CD-E-01318
Date : 21/12/2011
Caption : North Kivu province, Goma, CAJED transit and Orientation Centre for children who were associated with armed forces of armed groups. A child poses with one of his exercise book.
Photographer : MOORE, Phil
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
He was recruited by an armed group in 2004 and then demobilised in 2010. The ICRC organized his family reunification only to be forcibly recruited again in 2011 while he was travelling looking for work. When the armed group realised he was under-age, they set him free and he was transferred to the centre in Goma. He has been at Cajed for five months now. "It's good here, but I don't like being away from my family - I feel a longing to be home" he says. The ICRC managed to trace his father, and hapiness shone on the boy's face when he received this message from him. The ICRC helps them to find they families. The boy says that he loves his classes here; he had studied up to the primary fourth-grade before he was forced to join an armed group, and so now has to catch up. He says that when he is back home, and has finished his studies, he would like to work in agriculture.

CAJED= Concert d'Actions pour Jeunes et Enfants Défavorisés.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3963x2637
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour