Lives spent on the run

DR Congo

February 12, 2013

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Photo Credit: Gerry Ellis for Mercy Corps

Many children like this little girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never known a permanent home.

Conflict here is chronic and unpredictable. When fighting breaks out, families move their few belongings from camp to camp and set up makeshift shelters on the bare lava rock.

Mercy Corps has been working to meet the immediate needs of displaced families in DRC since 2007. We've distributed emergency food and other supplies, but our main focus is on getting enough clean water to camps and the city of Goma. New reservoirs and pumps are delivering clean drinking water, while more latrines and handwashing stations are preventing disease.

SEE VIDEO: Delivering clean water to displaced families