YOUNG REPORTER – The right to an identity is vital for every child, however all too often children in the DRC do not have birth certificates. Olivier, Young Reporter, went to meet Marie, a vulnerable child living in Mbuji Mayi to find out more.
Marie has been an orphan since she was 3 years old. Today, she is eleven and lives at the Don Bosco accommodation centre. A melancholy, calm girl with sullen features, Marie opened up to us and told us about herself: “Before I arrived at Don Bosco, I lived in another shelter on the outskirts of Mbuji Mayi. My parents died when I was 3 years old, leaving me in the care of my grandmother. But she was poor and couldn’t look after me so she took me to Don Bosco“.