Pappy Chimalamungo, ex-Child Soldier now Social Educator in Bukavu
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From Child Gunman to Social Educator: WFP food forges social cohesion and supports peace process in Eastern DRC

The protracted armed conflict in DRC which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives continues to negatively affect wellbeing and social development of children, especially those who were forced to pick up the weapon and fight for their lives. For those children, transitioning from child soldier to normal life is another struggle. To help them through, WFP works with UN and NGO partners to build trust and help the children get back on their feet. Pappy Chimalamungo, former child soldier tells us how a child soldier’s life can be transformed!

Overview

With nearly 70 million inhabitants, the Democratic Republic of Congo is Africa's second largest country. Due to its rich, fertile soil, agriculture is the primary rural economic activity. However, the nation has a food production deficit estimated at 30-40 percent. Seventy percent of the population lives below the poverty line and lacks access to adequate food.

 

Highlight of the month

Since April 2013, WFP has been implementing a food-for-work project in four camps of internally displaced persons (IDPs) around Goma. Participants help to produce fuel briquettes as a substitute for charcoal and firewood. The project, which targets IDPs as well as locals living around the camps, aims to reduce deforestation, improve the livelihoods of the poor and stop attacks on women collecting firewood in the bush.

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