D.R. Congo is still recovering from years of conflict that killed more than five million residents, mostly as a result of preventable health problems. The so-called African World War started in 1998, with nine nations and as many as 20 armed groups fighting a vicious war in the country until peace treaties were signed in 2003. However, conflict continued in eastern D.R. Congo and innocent families continued to suffer as a result.
Today, ongoing violence and brutality from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and other militia still force people from their homes into makeshift camps or host communities where they face precarious living situations. More than 1.7 million people are internally displaced.
D.R. Congo is one of the world’s largest countries but it is connected by a limited number of poor quality roads that make vulnerable populations very difficult to reach.
The longest serving NGO in the province, Medair first began providing relief and recovery in the country in 1997.
In Orientale, chronic violence has displaced hundred of thousands of people, and regional underdevelopment has left millions without access to health care or safe water. Orientale is a massive province with poor roads and bridges that restrict humanitarian access. Medair brings relief in Haut and Bas-Uélés districts, particularly in Dungu and Ango Territories, and in Ituri, South Ituri, and North Kivu districts.
When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Families suffer from preventable diseases. Children are weakened from malnutrition. Everyone needs health care and nutrition—especially during crisis.
Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.
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