Our research team spent 6 weeks in eastern Congo in January-February 2016 to assess the effectiveness of interventions for the demobilisation, recovery and reintegration of girl soldiers.

To this effect, we interviewed more than 150 girls formerly associated with armed groups in more than 20 locations in 3 provinces of eastern Congo: Orientale, North Kivu and South Kivu.

In this interview, Marie de la Soudière, our expert consultant on this project, relates some of the stories she heard from the girls, and explains some of the obstacles they face after coming out of the bush.

Read about our work in Democratic Republic of Congo.

It should be noted that this interview is not representative of the vast array of situations and difficulties experienced by all girls we interviewed.