Emergency in Congo
The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo is on a vast scale of human suffering. Over six million people have died in ten years of war and unrest and millions have been uprooted. For large numbers of Congolese, fear and danger are part of everyday life.
In the east of country, the fight over minerals and resources is responsible for uprooting families, creating child soldiers and leading to the use of rape as a weapon of war.
In the north-east of Congo over 100,000 people have fled their homes due to ethnic violence. They have sought safety in the neighbouring Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, which is itself a very poor and unstable country.
In north-west of Congo, attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army from Uganda leave communities where people are killed and maimed living in fear.
Caritas in the Congo is multi-faceted. It helps people with food, water and shelter in areas where the emergency is at its worst. Unpredictable violence can make delivering help to those in need very difficult.
Caritas works in people’s communities offering psychological and moral support. It gives counselling and healthcare to people who have been raped and traumatised and helps child soldiers reintegrate into society.
Congo’s infrastructure has been seriously affected by years of war and lack of investment. Caritas invests in schools and hospitals. Caritas also works towards peace both at a grassroots and also at an international level.
RESOURCESAnnual Report 2011Emergency GuidelinesEmergency Response Tool KitEmergency Appeals 2012Emergency Appeals 2011Emergency Appeals 2010Emergencies on Caritas BlogBridging the Gap between Policy and Practice