“I didn’t have the chance to finish school because of the conflict”, said Muhindo, a father of five living in Muranga village. With no access to land, Muhindo earns a living working in the fields or transporting goods to Masisi by foot, which is about 11km away.
According to Muhindo, the needs of his village have been largely ignored until the arrival of Concern: “Ever since we have been facing troubles here at Muranga nobody has come to assist us. Concern is the first NGO I have seen coming to assist us here.”
Muhindo and his family have been supported through cash transfers, and he discusses how this has changed his life: “I bought a goat, clothes for the whole family and I was able to pay school fees for my son with the coupon I received.”
Beaming with pride, Muhindo displays the items he bought with the cash transfers:
“I am so happy that my family and I now have a sauce pan to cook with and enough food to feed all of us. I am grateful to Concern for this assistance.”
The ongoing conflict in DRC has caused unfathomable upheaval and disruption in the lives of ordinary citizens, and as the stories from the Masisi territory illustrate, the effects of war linger long after the conflict ends. Concern, with the support ECHO, is committed to addressing the humanitarian needs and protecting the most vulnerable people in Eastern DRC. Through resilience-building and livelihood programmes we are providing families with hope for the future.
This blog is based on interviews conducted by Ulua Popol.
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