Aselme, 13, and his friends in the village of Upende in Beni, DR Congo, were waiting for their copies of The Globe to arrive at school so they could get involved in the WCP program again. But one day when they were sitting in the classroom, they heard gunshots coming from their homes in the village. They realised they had to escape and ran to the forest. The rebel group that had come to the village destroyed their school and killed lots of people. When The Globe arrived, the children’s new school didn’t have any walls yet.
“We were desperate for The Globe to arrive at our school again. I’m a Child Rights Ambassador and I was planning to teach other children about the WCP program. But one day at school we heard shooting. I immediately realised that our village was under attack and ran as fast as I could towards the forest, where we hid to save our lives. We had to live off whatever was growing there. The rebels took over our school and waited there to kill people. They destroyed our school and burned down many homes. “I found out that my dad had been killed. It made me so sad. I also thought that I probably wouldn’t be able to go to school anymore. “On the radio, I heard that we were to gather at a new school. When we arrived, it didn’t have any walls yet. A month later, The Globe came to our new school. As a Child Rights Ambassador, I’m going to teach other children in my school, but also adults, about children’s rights. When I’m older I want to do everything I can to make sure those who carried out the massacre are prosecuted.” Aselme, 13
Eugenie outside her home in the village where the school was destroyed by militia.
Still no walls in the schools.