(World Vision International) – As new figures paint a devastating picture of life for children affected by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), World Vision says an urgent, rapid response is needed to prevent an escalation of violence. Just this week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed that since June, 140 children have been killed in combat. In reality, the number of child casualties is likely much higher, as the UN has also documented at least 500 cases of girls and boys being used as human shields.