Democratic Republic of the Congo
in focus

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the ICRC promotes respect for international humanitarian law in the treatment of civilians and detainees and helps those adversely affected by conflict and internal violence to survive and become self-sufficient.

We also improve water supply and sanitation, strengthen health care for the wounded and sick, including victims of sexual violence, and reunite families in DRC.

In numbers

From January to June 2017

  • 25,500
    detainees were visited, with more than 2,000 receiving monthly food aid
  • 30,000
    people benefitted from the repair and renovation of 4 rural water-supply systems
  • 42
    unaccompanied children were reunited with their families
  • 414
    war-wounded civilians and combatants were operated on by surgical teams deployed or trained by the ICRC
  • 42,000
    people received essential supplies in North and South Kivu
  • 4,300
    members of the security and armed forces and other weapon bearers attended awareness-raising sessions on international humanitarian law
  • 2,880
    detainees received monthly food assistance through an ICRC nutritional programme
  • 199
    local Red Cross volunteers were trained in emergency response in 7 provinces