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18 Nov 2008 description

The eastern province of Maniema in the Democratic Republic of Congo was - and continues to be - particularly severely affected by fighting. Water and electricity supplies function only sporadically and often fail for days at a time. Bridges and roads have been completely destroyed. The rail link from the south operates only every two months. Goods are flown in at inflated prices by aging Antonov aircraft.

22 Feb 2006 description

Trading in a gun for a lathe

Baluku is now 19 years old. Standing there in the little workshop, he looks proudly at the youngsters he is training in carpentry, who are busily at work. Like him, they are demobilised combatants. And like him - and some 30,000 to 40,0000 other boys and girls - they have served as child soldiers and experienced close up the many bloody wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.