The homicide of Edwin Michael Thomas Forgeron has been added to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. On March 9, 2007, at about 3 p.m., Mr. Forgeron was found dead at 12 Convoy Ave., Halifax. His death was ruled a homicide. “We continue to investigate Michael’s murder,” said Superintendent Jim Perrin, officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. “We can’t begin to imagine what his family and friends have endured for the past 10 years. We hope the addition of Michael’s case to the rewards program will motivate someone to listen to their conscience and come forward with what they know.” Anyone with information that could result in an arrest and possible charges should call the program’s phone line at 1-888-710-9090. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. The program provides up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for these homicides. For more information about this case and others, visit novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards.
The children – 69 boys and 13 girls between the ages of 8 and 17 – had reportedly been recruited during the past six months by elements of Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga, according to a news release issued by the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO).They were identified and separated through concerted efforts by child protection agencies working together in Kibwela, Moba Territory, and Kayumba, Manono Territory – all in Katanga province. About half of the children were immediately reunited with their families, while the others are receiving interim care pending reunification. “We are extremely concerned by continued reports of active recruitment by Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga and other armed groups in eastern DRC,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUSCO. “Children face unacceptable risks when they are recruited for military purposes,” he noted. “The recruitment of children, particularly those under 15 years of age, could constitute a war crime and those responsible must be held to account.” The mission stated that, since the beginning of the year, 163 children have been separated from Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga by MONUSCO and child protection partners.