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think:Global presents Rocked: Sum 41 in Congo with rock band Sum 41 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The band travels to Congo to film a documentary about the impact of the longstanding civil war on Congolese children - that shows how their efforts went awry amidst a sudden outbreak of violence.


Sum 41 travels to the northeastern Congolese town of Bukavu where they meet the real casualties of war - children like:

A 15-year old who admits to killing at least two people when he was a 12-year old child soldier. He became a soldier at the age of 10, spent five years in the army and says he has no regrets because it was war.

A young boy who became a soldier of the Mai Mai forces at the age of 12. Fiston was captured by rebel forces, attacked with an axe and left to die. He reveals what life is like as a child soldier and tells of the challenges he and others like him face trying to become children again.

A young girl who was repeatedly raped by the soldiers who killed her mother. Band members meet her at a rehabilitation center where she describes the process girls like her go through to try to heal and reintegrate into society.

And a coltan trader. At the heart of the conflict is a struggle for the country's vast mineral resources. he talks about the Congolese practice of using children to mine this key mineral used in cell phones, computers, VCRs, stereos, etc.


The band's journey takes on a whole new meaning when the town of Bukavu erupts into heavy fighting between rebel soldiers and government troops. The violence claims at least 100 lives over the span of two weeks, causes tens of thousands to flee the country, and jeopardizes the country's fragile peace process that ended five years of war.

Sum 41 gets caught in the crossfire and experiences the trauma of war first-hand. Deryck and his band mates are holed up in their hotel where they feel the force of mortar shells exploding close by and are unable to move to safety.

More than 100,000 rounds of bullets are fired, many of them originating from less than 50 meters from the band's holdout. Their dramatic evacuation by UN forces in armored personnel carriers to the safety of the UN compound is captured on film. As the UN compound overflows with more than 1,000 refugees fleeing danger, water, food and blankets become scarce. During the final chaotic days shown in the documentary, the MONUC compound becomes a sanctuary for over 1000 Congolese refugees and roughly 50 foreigners. Finally, after 48 hours, the band makes a perilous journey by road across the frontline.

The armed conflict that occurred during Sum 41's trip took place in Bukavu where tens of thousands were affected. Thousands fled their homes and hundreds died.


  • Over 2 million people have been displaced.

  • 1 out of 10 children die before their first birthday.

  • As many as 1 in 3 women and girls have been raped.

  • More than 3.5 million have died. It's the highest number of deaths in any war since World War II.

  • 4 of every 10 children in the DRC do not attend school.

  • According to Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, there are between 30,000 and 50,000 child soldiers in the DRC.

  • Since this documentary was filmed, War Child Canada has expanded its programming in the Congo, rebuilding schools in the most affected areas. Sum 41 is helping to rebuild a primary school near Bukavu.

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 War Child Canada is an independent charitable organization that assists children affected by war and raises awareness for children's rights everywhere.
 Witness, an international human rights organization that provides training and support to local groups to use video in their human rights advocacy campaigns.
 Learn more about human rights issues in the DRC.
 What are the reasons for this war?
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