147 boys and five girls are back home
Families living in the eastern provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and Orientale are reunited with their children after months or even years apart. The 147 boys and five girls all belonged to armed forces or groups until recently.
ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross) staff collected the information they needed to trace their families and have been working with the children in the centre to gradually prepare them to return to their communities.
Youth workers run awareness-raising sessions to encourage the children to resist any further attempts to recruit them.
This is an important part of social reintegration.