Escape to the big cities
The armed conflict affects women and girls particularly severely. Many of them have left their villages, under threat of death, been raped or killed. To protect their children from forced recruitment into the armed militias, many mothers flee to the cities, where they live in abject poverty. Farmers also escape to the cities. The growing influence of drugs plays a large part in financing the armed conflict, which has long since stopped being political in nature and is now criminal and Mafia-related. There are repeated incidences of people being driven off their land.
Towards a violence-free society
Projects run by terre des hommes schweiz help children and young people to come to terms with their traumatic experiences. One important component of this is teaching them to be non-violent. Together, they work out alternatives to violence. Our partner organisations also help young people to work for the demilitarisaton of society and against forced recruitment.