A child soldier
Murhabazi and BVES
This is how Muhabazi and his organization BVES work:

• Visit armed groups and inform them about children’s rights, so that all those fighting are aware of how children should be treated in war, according to both the UN Convention and Congolese law, for example, the fact that child soldiers are forbidden.
• Organise the release of child soldiers and girls being sexually exploited.
• Visit refugee camps and take care of refugee children and street children.
• Offer freed child soldiers, exploited girls, unaccompanied refugee children and street children protection, a home, food, clothes, healthcare, psychological help, the chance to go to a school that prepares them for returning to ordinary school again, as well as vocational training.
• Trace the children’s families and help the children to return to their homes. They always prepare the children’s families, as well as neighbours, politicians, religious leaders and teachers in the villages well in advance, so that the children are accepted and welcomed back properly. If it is not possible to reunite the child with his or her family, BVES helps the child to find a foster family.
• Often support the children’s families financially so that they can afford to let the children go to school and have enough food.
• Often help freed children with school fees and school uniforms, sometimes up until they start university.


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