The Democratic Republic of the Congo
DR Congo in brief
|Population:||70.9 mil. (The World Factbook, 2010)|
Despite the fact that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is extremely rich in natural resources, political instability, long-term insecurity, lack of infrastructure and poor access to services places it in the long term among the countries with the highest number of people living below the poverty line. As of 2013, it ranks 176 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. The world public associates the DRC with rape, a weapon commonly used by rebels in war-stricken areas.
DRC has been mired in conflict for almost two decades, with devastating effects on its civil population. The most recent war of 1998–2002 was characterized by mass displacement, collapse of health systems and food shortages, contributing to major increase in mortality. Formal peace agreement was signed in December 2002 but the war has since given way to numerous local conflicts in the five eastern provinces that have continued to exact an enormous toll on the lives and livelihoods of local populations.
People in Need (PIN) has been working in the DRC since 2008. With projects focused on access to and quality of primary health care and primary education, improving access to safe drinking water, assisting undernourished children and enforcing civil protection, we aim to promote our core values of providing people living in conflict-stricken areas with opportunities to positively transform their lives. We also help communities to enhance knowledge on human rights and improve access to justice in order to reestablish self-sufficiency and dignity. Currently PIN operates in the province of South Kivu.