Sadly, Samuel’s story is fairly typical of what happens to young boys in the DRC, forced to become child soldiers. But they are not the only victims: women and girls are systematically raped and victims of all sorts of sexual violence.
Sexual violations are indeed a defining trait of new wars, it is a weapon of war, used publicly with the deliberate purpose not only to humiliate and degrade the women and girls but the men as well. It was used systematically by Bosnian Serbs in a similar fashion as part of the campaigns of ethnic cleansing. The ultimate goal is the destruction of entire social communities (see also similar cases in Darfur).
And according to Amnesty’s report, abductions are on the increase:
The full report is here.