DR Congo

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  • Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Respond to the immediate needs of displaced families in eastern Congo. Help them lessen the impact of the current crisis and set the stage for recovery.

The context

Fighting between the government and various rebel groups continues in eastern Congo, this after a 1998-2003 war that killed five million people. One in ten people is displaced in the province where Mercy Corps works. Congo ranks last on the 2011 UN Human Development Index, a measure of countries’ social and economic well-being. More than 70 percent of its population lives below the poverty line.

Our work

  • Emergency response: Provided temporary shelter and emergency food to displaced families during spikes in rebel fighting
  • Water: Rebuilding Goma’s municipal water system to serve 400,000 people and improving sanitation in overcrowded displacement camps
  • Agriculture & Food: Helping farmers grow more with new production and disease prevention techniques

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