Home to the deadliest war since World War II, the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has claimed more than 5.4 million lives. The majority of the deaths have resulted from preventable and treatable diseases aggravated by unsanitary and crowded displacement conditions.
The prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence has scarred the lives of millions over the course of the conflict.
A failed peace agreement and ongoing fighting between various armed groups continue to threaten the lives of innocent civilians.
What we’re doing in the DRC
While the DRC continues to be affected by regional conflict, we actively work to meet the needs of those most vulnerable and in need of assistance. In partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, we assist displaced families with shelter and help communities transition to rehabilitation and recovery.
We also promote access to water by improving local water facilities, and develop local livelihoods through agro-forestry initiatives. As families return home after fleeing violence, we help strengthen local food security and nutrition through agriculture and livestock projects.
We also provide psychosocial support to war victims and survivors of gender-based violence.