We have recently obtained images appearing to show the Cooperative for the Development of Congo CODECO: A mystical-religious armed group which draws its ranks mainly from ethnic Lendu, indoctrinating children. The images also show CODECO parading its fighters.
CODECO preaches Lendu ascendancy to supreme power in Ituri through utter suppression of the Hema. And since it started its genocidal armed campaign principally against the Hema people, 3 years ago, thousands of lives have been lost. Over 1 million people have been displaced from their homes, and countless properties have been destroyed.
News of them indoctrinating children is particularly frightening, as feeding such youngsters with a toxic Lendu cradle could have a profound psychological impact on them in many years to come. But it could also pose a great public menace, mainly to the Hema community, and Iturians as a whole.The recruiting and using children below the age 15 in the army, is a war crime, hence prohibited under international law,Yet, some regional commentators argue that CODECO has enlisted a lot of children in its ranks. This was even more evident when they recently entered Bunia, children were visible among them. Unfortunately, however, neither the international community, nor the Congolese government has strongly condemned these acts by CODECO.
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