Democratic Republic of the Congo civil war

The ICRC is stepping up its emergency assistance to the people affected during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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The clashes and civil war between communities have destroyed crops and left people with next to nothing. CC BY-NC-ND/ICRC/Pedram Yazdi

The civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has affected thousands of families and created a deteriorating humanitarian situation.

Brutal clashes between groups has had very serious consequences for people: many have been killed, wounded, or traumatized, villages have been burned and fields destroyed and there has been massive population displacement.

The situation in Tanganyika Province remains volatile and threatens to flare up again at any moment, preventing the displaced from going back to their villages and living a normal life. Far from their villages and traditional means of subsistence, thousands of families are facing an increasingly critical food shortage.

Despite the desperate needs of the communities and the growing risk of starvation, humanitarian organizations are struggling to get through, mainly because of the lack of security, passable roads and funding.