Democratic Republic of Congo

The harsh effects of war in Democratic Republic of Congo have left over 2.7 million of its citizens displaced and vulnerable. Our focus is on providing humanitarian assistance, including better access to drinking water.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 69.4 million
  • Population living below $1.25/day: 87.72%
  • Life expectancy: 58.7
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 86.1
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 118.5
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 730
  • Literacy rate: 61.2%
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 12.8%

Some 2.7 million people were internally displaced in DRC in 2014 and require ongoing humanitarian assistance. Concern focuses on filling the immediate needs of both displaced families and the over-burdened host community.

Despite the presence of UN peacekeeping forces and the defeat of the armed rebel group M23, violence is still widespread in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in the east of the country. As a result, some 2.7 million people were internally displaced in DRC in 2014 and require ongoing humanitarian assistance. Concern focuses on filling the immediate needs of both displaced families and the over-burdened host community. We are supplying emergency relief items while also helping people recover what they lost by providing access to cash and resources and improving livelihoods opportunities. One of the ways we do this is through fairs where people can purchase products from local vendors using vouchers. Last year alone, more than 12,000 families participated in these fairs. We are also leading a partnership of five international NGOs in a four-year-long water, sanitation, and hygiene program that directly reaches more than 91,000 people in 40 villages.