The United Nations Mission in Congo (Monusco) has just honored Congolese singer Fally Ipupa as ambassador of goodwill in the fight against the recruitment of children by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Congolese artist Fally Ipupa becomes a goodwill ambassador to stop the recruitment of children by armed groups and militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ” said Florence Marchal, spokesperson for MONUSCO during a meeting with press conference in Kinshasa.
The choice of Monusco was motivated by the commitment and empathy of Fally Ipupa, all combined with the artist’s notoriety. In her speech, Florence Marchal indicated that Fally Ipupa had already committed to the DRC in the fight against chronic malnutrition that affects children, as well as for access to education for all with the United Nations Fund for Education. childhood (Unicef).
It is ”a voice that counts, a personality that is listened to and appreciated (…). He graciously agreed to join his voice in Monusco’s efforts to protect children from all forms of violations committed during armed conflict ,” he said. said Mrs. Marchal.
As a reminder, the DRC was ravaged by two wars between 1996 and 2003, its eastern part is still subject to armed conflict. Dozens of armed groups and militias clash to control lands and areas rich in natural resources. Between September 2016 and 2017, another bloody conflict in the Kasai region (center) introduced many children into militias.