Mercy Corps has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2007. The DRC hosts one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, centered particularly in the east. Despite its vast wealth of human and natural resources, the country struggles with many challenges. A lack of infrastructure, stunted economy and weak governance cause serious hardship and inhibit development efforts.
Furthermore, over two decades of armed conflict has displaced some 2.1 million people within the country (UNHCR, 2017). Demographic pressures, rapid urbanization, food insecurity and youth unemployment compound looming threats on the horizon. Hundreds of thousands of people are also facing measles, cholera and other diseases. The UN states that 6.7 million people will need humanitarian aid in the country in 2017.
- Water: Providing safe drinking water in urban areas to 60,000 to 129,000 people every day, significantly reducing diarrheal diseases in children under-five, responding to the acute water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of both internally displaced people and host communities
- Food security: Addressing the root causes of food insecurity by increasing the production of smallholder farmers and reducing malnutrition
- Economic opportunity: Supporting sustainable livelihood development of small farmers, while providing internally displaced people with efficient cash transfers so they can prioritize their own immediate basic needs
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DR Congo: Congo's "conflict charcoal"
Most people have heard of conflict or "blood" diamonds, but fewer may be aware of conflict charcoal. The charcoal trade in Congo's North Kivu Province is primarily controlled by a long-standing rebel group. Much of the charcoal in Goma is produced from trees in Virunga National Park.
DR Congo: A handy gift for Dad
DR Congo: Helping Those With Nowhere Else to Go
Several dozen women stand on jagged volcanic rock in the pouring rain. The drenched clothes they're wearing are among the only possessions they were able to salvage when fleeing burning homes and brutal violence. They've had to drink rainwater from dirty puddles just to survive.
DR Congo: C'est Le Depart
Today, I am leaving Goma to go back home — more than 35 hours of flights and layovers on my way back to Portland, and my family. And, over the course of the morning, I have heard one phrase over and over: "C'est le depart?"
DR Congo: History's Traffic Jam
This afternoon, on the way back to the office from Mugunga II Camp, our team was caught in massive gridlock almost as soon as we hit Goma's city limits. As we inched forward, everyone in our vehicle wondered what could be causing the snarl.
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DR Congo: Congo's Hidden Displaced
Her name is Laurene. She lives in a church. She is 10 years old.
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DR Congo: Inside the Green Rope
It's firewood distribution day here in Buhimba Camp. Hundreds of women, most of whom are elderly, have lined up to wait their turn. A green rope goes up along the perimeter of the wood yard where the distribution will take place.