Everyday Violence and War in the Kivus, DRC
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This chapter has two main objectives: the first is to explore young people’s experience of political and structural violence in the context of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through their narratives of everyday life; the second objective is to critically examine dominant international child protection interventions in the context of eastern DRC. The chapter considers the structures of violence that dominate life in the Kivus today, by briefly overviewing the historic rootedness of violence in eastern DRC, its manifestation in contemporary political and structural violence and how young people live within and experience these forms of violence. It examines how the valorization of vulnerability and the disconnect between rights-based discourses and lived realities can contribute to weakening young people’s coping capacities and strengthen structures of violence.
KeywordsYoung People Research Participant United Nations Child Protection Political Violence
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