Our Work in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have endured decades of civil war, a period over which 5.4 million Congolese died from violence, hunger and disease. While the war officially came to an end years ago, the eastern region of DRC remains one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis zones. Violence is rampant and rape against women and children continues to escalate. Rebel groups fight for control of the country’s vast natural resources (including gold, diamonds and rare earth minerals), terrorizing civilians and causing millions to suffer from ongoing conflict and displacement.
International Medical Corps began working in DRC in 1999. We have since served more than two million people in DRC, 80 percent of whom were displaced by the war. Today, we provide health care, nutrition, food security, sexual violence prevention and treatment, and water and sanitation services in some of DRC’s most remote and volatile areas, often where the presence of other international organizations is extremely limited or non-existent.
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