Help displaced families
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict. Concern Worldwide is responding.
There are deeply disturbing reports of civilians suffering abuse at the hands of armed troops on all sides, including abduction, rape, and murder.
Large numbers flee conflict
The United Nations has estimated that almost 2.9 million people are now internally displaced in the DRC and a further 460,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
When fighting started near her village, Rehema, her husband and their six young children hid under their beds. Bombs landed all around them. One landed next-door, killing three people.
The family fled the following day, leaving all their possessions behind, and walked to a camp 26km away. Like so many others, they have to live outside, without any shade or shelter from the baking sun or torrential rain.
A portable survival kit for one family costs €35 and contains:
- Blankets to keep one family warm at night
- Plastic sheeting for protection from the rain and sun
- Mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria
- Soap to improve hygiene and prevent the spread of disease
- Kitchen sets with cooking utensils
- Sleeping mats
Large scale crisis
Disturbingly, Rehema’s story is not uncommon in the North Kivu region. Conflicts have raged in eastern DRC since the mid-1990s and have claimed the lives of 5.4 million people – the most since World War II.
You can help
By donating today, you could give families what they need to survive.