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Social Justice Project
Transcript of Social Justice Project
Of the 150 or more major conflicts since World War II, 130 of these were in poor countries. These are just a Few countries torn apart and destroyed by war All about kids Iraq Israel Egypt Darfur Lets start with war BUT Where to begin? but lets focus on... AFRICA More specifically.. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a central african country bordered by numerous nations with whom it has had many conflicts.
The population as of 2011 is estimated at 71.7 million
It is home to as many as 250 ethnic groups, and 700 local languages.
59.2% of the population live under $1.25 USD a day, and 79.6% live with less than $2 USD a day More than 100,000 children have been abducted and recruited to fight.
The country has one of the worlds largest numbers of child soldiers! WHO BECOMES SOLDIERS The effects war has on these children and their families what the UN is doing to help we have learned that the point of social justice is to look to the root of societies problems... so what are we going to do... what is... Congo Due to it's location the DRC, formerly known as Zaire, is subject to many conflicts.
Since the fighting outbreak in 1996, 5.4 million people have DIED.. this is the equivalent to 19% percent of the population.
47 percent%% of these deaths are the deaths of... CHILDREN The Conflict is considered to be the worlds deadliest conflict since World War 2 Cruelty they experience children are abducted, tortured and sexually abused before they are recruited in order to become soldiers they are psychologically tortured,and taught that the acts of killing they will commit are acceptable many of these children are killed .. those living carry physical and psychological scars from their experience. they are taken from classrooms, refugee camps or even off the street.. they are taken from their homes at gunpoint, and are even picked up while playing They are sent to military camps where they are trained and are subjected to extremely violent treatment They are used in frontlines for combat, serve as decoys, detectors of enemy positions, bodyguards for commanders, and sex slaves. Children are forced to commit abuses such as RAPE and MURDER They are often given drugs and alcohol to desensitize them from the canabalistic or sexual acts they are forced to commit with corpses of enemies killed in battle. Girls are kidnapped and gang raped by soldiers using them as entertainment or bravery rewards. Raped girls are often infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. That 47% percent of Deaths includes the deaths of many CHILD SOLDIERS Children feel that they have no option but to join the military because by doing so they feel that they are protecting their families They feel that it is a source of food and shelter Why they are soldiers boys between the ages of 7 and 18 some girls engage in combat, however they are mostly recruited to cook and for sexual abuse.
Eastern Congo is the worst for Child Recrutiment certain former child soldiers who have been demobilized have said they are afraid to returen to their communites because locals have seen them participate in crimes
Many teens found it hard to fit into society as so many of their friends and family have been killed.
Often girls are shunned by their families if they have been raped or have become pregnant. In 2002 the UN introduced a protocol to end the recruitment of children
115 countries have signed
countries such as Asia and Africa have violated the agreement. Countries can be tried legally for using soldiers under the age of 15, through the International Criminal Court, however none have yet been prosecuted. The Roman Catholic Church in the region fights against the DRC rebels, and for this the archbishop has been banned from his archdiocese. Solidarity Option for the Poor and Vulnerable Life and Dignity of the Human Person This practice breaks the catholic social justice principles.... Catholic Social Teaching #1- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The key points of the first Catholic Social Teaching are that every human life is special. This Catholic Social Teaching relates to our social justice topic, because when children are forced to commit violent crimes, they are deprived of the quality of life that we all deserve, a quality of life where one isn't forced into any situation and can make their own decisions. When children are forced to fight battles, they are obviously forced as well to take the lives of others. These experiences often scar children for life, and their actions subsequently deprive others of their lives.
-written by Dom Nava
Catholic Social Teaching #2 - Call to Family, Community, and Participation
The keys points of the second Catholic Social Teaching is that the family is the fundamental unit in society and instrumental in the healthy psychological and emotional human growth. Furthermore individuals have a responsibility to help their community and participate. By removing children from the stable environment of the family, military groups damage the emotional development of children. What people around the world are doing to help Within Congo Children’s Parliament This is an organisation run by children for children and has made it their mission to fight for chifldren’s rights in DR Congo. It was founded in 1999 and is run by two local teenage boys. They have dedicated their lives to fight for the rights of other congolese children. The organization has two methods to help the children:
* child-to-child approach
* child-for-child approach.
The first method means a child helps another child in need directly, for example, by preventing him from being beaten on the street. The second method involves a child advocating for the child in need, such as by speaking to a parent or a local official to help the child. UNICEF responds to the humanitarian needs of displaced populations by providing them with access to shelter, emergency water, sanitation and hygiene and/or emergency education and food.Their priority is that conflict-affected girls and boys have access to quality education. UNICEF’s Child Protection in Emergencies program provides critical care and protection for children and women in at least five provinces across the country. With the help of their partners of the Health Cluster, UNICEF is providing health care and vaccination campaigns in emergency affected areas reaching about 500,000 people. World Vision is working with children and their families in east DRC, providing emergency relief in the short-term but also long-term sustainable support, helping the development of communities beyond the immediate crisis.They have also created relief camps in the country. In addition to this they have established "Child-Friendly Space". These are safe places for children to play, learn and socialize. They teach adults as well as children how to protect themsleves identify risks and mitigate the threats of violence.
World Vision is also providing much-needed nutrition treatment to more than 2,000 children suffering from moderate or severe malnutrition. They also support organizations that help disabled, abandoned and orphaned children. The Foundation Lazare was established in 2000 by mambo masinda who was an immigrant from congo. The abbostford-based charity want to raise youth who are well-educated and protected in the middle of a country at war. They are achieving this goal by giving what they have to help the poor. All the members of this organization are also members of the United Congolese Community of B.C. It's a small, tightly-knit community of no more than 100 families.
Fondation Lazare has provided drugs to Kalembelembe Hospital, computers to the University of Kinshasa, food to street kids in the Congo, and has built a small schoolhouse in a village where they not only teach children but also adults. Around the World UNICEF World Vision IN B.C. Foundation Lazare Views of the Catholic Church As we were presented with this project we were really at a loss over what to choose to present. It seemed that there was too many issues and that we could not just choose one. We did a lot of research finding information on everything from human trafficking, to environmental issues, to animal cruelty and were truly shocked by the tragedy occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The area is a hotspot for animal cruelty, forced labour, extreme poverty, and of course war. We were heartbroken to research the facts and hear the stories of the children forced into war. The actions they are forced to commit are atrocious, they are actions that no human being should have to do, be ordered to do, or experience.
Each of us knew very little about what was really going on in these African countries. We knew that wars were going on, but we were shocked to learn of the number of children involved in the wars, and the number of children who have died for what we feel is NO REASON.
We believe that children are our future, and that it is so important to unite as children and take steps to protect each other. In an effort to see what we could personally do to help we looked up various organizations that help the children in Congo,as well as child soldiers in other areas of the world.
It is so sad that these types of things happen in our world and we should all take a part in helping our neighbour. And to conclude, a short video.