DRC ex-general recruiting children again

2012-05-16 14:59

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Dakar - A Human Rights Watch investigation has found that renegade Congolese ex-general Bosco Ntaganda forcibly recruited at least 149 boys and young men to fight since his defection from the army in April.

The former warlord is wanted by the International Criminal Court for his previous recruitment of child soldiers.

He and his rebel force agreed to be integrated into the army following a 2009 peace deal, but last month, they defected. His No 2 announced the creation of a new rebel movement.

Researchers from Human Rights Watch travelled to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where they interviewed villagers who provided accounts of the forcible recruitment for Wednesday's report. The recruits are between the ages of 12 and 20.

The boys and teenagers were taken at gunpoint, including from inside schools. Some were viciously beaten.

- SAPA
Read more on:    human rights watch  |  bosco ntaganda  |  drc  |  central africa
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