The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most dangerous places on Earth. Ongoing conflicts between armed groups across the country have led to millions of people fleeing their homes and living in temporary camps. But there is hope. Meet some of the peacemakers who are bringing change to their communities.
Advocate for change
Ngona* leads a local youth group in eastern DRC, which includes children from 31 villages. He uses his testimony of being a former child soldier to discourage others from going down that path.
‘I lead community dialogues in these villages to talk about peace and encourage young people to stay away from armed groups,’ he shares.
‘We also talk about the word of God, to preach love and put an end to killings and war. Results take time, but they are positive and I am motivated when I see young people resisting the calls of the militia to join them. I thank God for each person who chooses not to join the armed groups.’
Ngona works closely with Tearfund’s local partner who is running training courses for young people in the area. Opportunities like this mean that young people are less likely to join armed groups and can build a better future for themselves.
‘With the training these young people receive there is hope for the future,’ says Ngona. ‘I am convinced that if we train young people in my area they can be useful in society and can be used for the development of the country and be actors of peace.’