In areas affected by conflict in Uganda and DRC, thousands of children have been left fending for themselves. Breaking the law for some of them isn’t a choice: petty crimes become the price to pay to survive. But the justice system treats them like criminals, even for minor offences. Once arrested children are detained in overcrowded adult prisons, at risk of abuse, brutality and malnutrition.
£55 could pay for one week of a legal aid clinic, run by qualified lawyers who ensure these children receive free, timely legal assistance and that their cases are treated according to child-friendly justice standards.