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Reintegration of children still needed in Congo… and more fighting in Uganda prevents supplies from going to former child soldiers

…according to a recent statement from L’Action Sociale, an NGO working with children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  According to the organization, more than 3,000 are on the streets, many of them former child soldiers who have either never been reintegration with the aid of an organization, or have been released without long term follow-up care.

According to this article from the Angola Press:

The war left in its wake thousands of children without birth certificates, young girls with babies from unknown fathers, and child soldiers needing demobilisation and reintegration into civil society.

Also, news of the war in Uganda is disheartening.  According to WRAL.com, the Government of Uganda (GoU) is planning another incursion against the LRA.   See this article:

The GoU is planning attacks against Kony and the LRA because the military has intelligence suggesting that the LRA, which fled to Congo and the Sudan, is regaining strength and numbers in preparation for a new attack. The Uganda military has said that they have intelligence that the LRA has split into smaller groups and crossed the Nile.

A local North Carolina organization was due to deliver soccer equipment to Uganda, but has postponed the delivery amid fears of the school they are working with being a target for the LRA.

The fear is, if the LRA returned, they may target such a school to get more child soldiers. “We don’t know when the LRA might come back, or if they will come back,” Hamm said.  Hamm was supposed to deliver soccer equipment to the Northern City Football Club located in Gulu, Uganda, one year after Green Hope and Leesville Road soccer teams sent equipment to Uganda with Garner High School teacher Chris Waluk.

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