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  • Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps

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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.

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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.

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Latitude: -2.1
Longitude: 23.5

Program Details

  • 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
  • Environment: Teaching women to build and use fuel-efficient stoves
  • Economic opportunity: Creating jobs to build classrooms, health centers and community farms

Facts

  • Population (2014 est.): 77.4 million
  • UN Human Development Index rank: 186 (out of 187)
  • Mercy Corps has worked here since 2007

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