Hello, I’m Ftsum Michael. I’m a College Student athlete from the DC Area. I decided on creating a campaign on the Fund for Global Human Rights website for a long and horrifying issue in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Throughout 17 years of nearly uninterrupted conflict in eastern Congo, the DRC’s military and armed groups have committed gross human rights abuses that have devastated the country. Over 5 million people have been killed, millions more displaced, brutality is pervasive, and rape is regularly used as a weapon. One of the most pressing human rights violations is the forced recruitment and exploitation of boys and girls as soldiers, porters, and sexual slaves.
Since 2005 the Fund has supported an organization based in south Kivu, Bureau pour le Volontariat au Service de l’Enfance et de la Santé (Office of Voluntary Service for Children and Health – BVES), which was set up to fight for the protection of children. BVES monitors, documents and reports children’s rights violations, and rescues child soldiers from armed groups across eastern DRC. The dedication of the staff at BVES is extraordinary: they work in an unforgiving and volatile context, receive regular harassment and death threats, and have at times been forced to live apart from their families to ensure their safety. During negotiations with armed groups, some BVES staff have even endured kidnapping and physical violence.However this personal risk and sacrifice doesn’t deter them; to date BVES has helped negotiate the release of nearly 4,000 child soldiers and more than 4,500 girls who have been sexually assaulted by armed groups.”
FGHR finds and funds local human rights heroes who often work at great personal risk to strengthen and bring global attention to their struggles. Please share this and check out my campaign for more info and donate however much you can!!