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Bullets won't stop Marie from learning and writing

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) forced more than 1.7 million people from their homes in 2017, an average of 5500 people per day. The suffering inflicted on the civilian population borders on the unimaginable.

This is the story of just one of these people, a fifth-grade pupil who didn’t deserve to be maimed for life but is nonetheless back at school, with the EU helping her to recover.

The EU calls on all parties to the conflicts in DRC to respect the principles of international humanitarian law, especially the fundamental distinction between civilians and combatants.

With 4.5 million people uprooted, DRC is now the country with the most internally displaced people in Africa.

Story by Anouk Delafortrie, Regional Information Officer, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

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