Sabir [NAME CHANGED], 16, holds a self-portrait he made while living in a UNICEF-assisted transit centre for recently released former child soldiers, in the town of N’dele, capital of the northern Bamingui-Bangoran Prefecture. His drawing contains phrases in several languages, including “Tête de mort,” “rebel,” “punisher” and “hero.” Sabir wept when he left the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) because his brother, and only surviving relative, remained in the rebel group. Sabir initially refused to remove the headband the group had given him but later threw it away. He loves to dance and now frequently carries a battery-powered stereo with him around the centre.
The recruitment and use of child soldiers continues at alarming levels around the world today and the international community must act now to help end this devastating practice.
More than one in four Central Africans is either internally displaced or a refugee. In one year, the number of IDPs has increased by more than 70% since the first quarter of 2017; 2.5 million Central Africans need aid.
Las lluvias torrenciales que provocaron inundaciones, deslizamientos de tierra y avalanchas de lodo, recorrieron todas las costas del Perú en marzo de 2017. En abril, casi la mitad del país estaba en estado de emergencia.