Since 1998, conflict between forces loyal to the Government of the DRC and other armed groups has destabilized the eastern DRC, creating insecurity, driving millions of people from their homes and continuing the cycle of poverty. An uptick in fighting starting in April 2012 between the Armed Forces of the DRC and the M23—an opposition group created by defectors from the Armed Forces—has resulted in significant new displacement in eastern DRC and to neighboring Rwanda and Uganda. Meanwhile, the presence of the Lord’s Resistance Army has increased in the DRC since it was driven from Uganda in 2008 and continues its legacy of violence, intimidation and abduction.
USAID emergency humanitarian assistance is saving lives in insecure and vulnerable areas, including food aid, protection of civilians and support for agriculture and food security, economic recovery and market systems, and health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Last updated: May 10, 2013