Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo
The DRC has been plagued by civil war between Congolese government troops and local militas for roughly a decade.
In the first few weeks of December 2007, the Congolese Army, the FRDC, made a large-scale military push to take back villages they lost to Tutsi rebel leader, Laurent Nkunda, in late 2006, and the civilian population has been caught in the middle. Thousands of civilians have been displaced from their homes across the region of North Kivu in eastern Congo, and are suffering a grave health and malnutrition crisis. In the last 12 months, about 410,000 Congolese civilians have been displaced by new fighting, and coupled with the previous 400,000 from past years, there are now about 800,000 internally displaced people in the DRC.
Approximately 1200 Congolese dies each day from hunger and disease.