Read all about The Guardian’s story on David Lewis Dieumerci, a 10-year-old Congolese child who wants very much to go to school, but cannot. The Guardian released 10 feature articles about newborns throughout Africa in 2005. In 2010, they revisited their stories by conducting interviews
(8 year old girl) Born in Kabare village. Danila’s father had both legs badly broken in a surprise attack on Lake Tanganyika during the war. He could not walk or find work. His wife left him in the village, as she went from village to village trying to find a cure for an illness that she had.
(8 year old boy) Born in Mutarule village. Eric was very sickly as a child, and was in a prayer room in a neighboring village with his mother when Mutarule was attacked. The same attack that killed Riziki’s mother, also claimed Eric’s father, 3 brothers and sister. Eric and his mother left
9 year old boy) His family just settled in Mutarule, when they were murdered in a night raid. In the middle of the raid, two of the gunmen entered the children’s room where they found the two young boys sleeping, oblivious to what was happening. One of the killers woke up Manu, took his hand
(7 year old girl) Born in Mutarule village. Her father was killed by rebels trying to protect their cattle and family from the regular attacks on their village. With her father gone, out of desperation, her mother left the village to go to Uvira town where she was forced into prostitution to
(9 year old boy) Born in a refugee camp in Tanzania to an unknown father. Dino returned to Congo with his mother and they lived in Muranvia village with his grandfather. His mother re-married, but her husband left her with 4 children including Dino and his 3 brothers. When it became too
(boy 12yrs.) Born in Muranvia, Mwanebana’s father was captured by soldiers while hunting in KahuziBiega National Park . His mother went to look for her husband and was never seen again. An old sick woman in the village was trying to care for Mwanebana, when GRACE MINISTRIES CHILDRENS HOME found
(boy 10 yrs.) Born in Kilomoni, Daniel’s father died when he was a baby and his mother became mentally unstable after being raped during war conflict. Daniel and his two brothers then went to live with an auntie who at the time was very sick and unable to take care of all 3 children. Daniel is
(girl 11 yrs.) Born in Kiliba village, Rahama’s mother was killed by soldiers while working in the fields. One year later her father left to join the rebel army. After the war he did not return home. Rahama was left in the care of her grandfather who later died from old age. Rahama is in
(girl 9 yrs.) Born in Kabindula, Eliza’s father was killed by rebel soldiers during an attack on her village. After this traumatic incident her mother became mentally unstable and unable to care for Eliza. Eliza was living with a widow in the village. This woman was HIV positive and very ill.