Democratic Republic of Congo
On and off again conflict has been plaguing the East of the DR Congo for over 20 years. The 2017 DR Congo Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) indicated that 2.1 million people in Eastern DR Congo are displaced, with the largest percentage (40%) displaced in North Kivu. In North Kivu, all displacement was a result of violent conflict. In other provinces, displacement was also preventive and the result of inter-communal conflict.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) started its operation in DR Congo in 2009 and has been operating exclusively in the East of the country. They began operations in Ituril, Haut-Uélé and Bas-Uélé and in 2013 moved into the province of North Kivu in the cities of Goma, Kitchanga and Beni following the M23 attack on Goma in 2012. During this period, DRC delivered different types of assistance, depending on priority and needs. However, the principal focus was on emergency assistance in favour of the internally displaced. Activities focused on protection, education and distribution of NFIs.
In 2017, DRC is focusing activities on education in emergencies and child protection in Beni territory. Two projects are currently ongoing in these specific sectors thanks to the generous contributions of ECHO, SDC and UNICEF. The Programme has a coordination base in Goma and an operational base in Beni, and two sub-bases in Oicha and Mangina.
In full cooperation and collaboration with the humanitarian community in DR Congo, DRC expects to expand sectors and geography over the coming year to support even more people affected by conflict.