Democratic Republic of the Congo

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With violence in DRC's Kasai region continuing to destroy infrastructure and force people from their homes, USAID is working with partners to provide essential healthcare and other critical assistance to vulnerable people in remote communities.
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Key Developments

Conflict continues to drive population displacement across central and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The International Organization for Migration estimates that intercommunal conflict in eastern DRC’s Ituri Province since late 2017 has displaced an estimated 343,000 people within the province, while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that an additional 50,000 people have fled to neighboring Uganda.

On April 13, the U.S. Government announced nearly $67 million in additional humanitarian funding for the emergency response in DRC and for Congolese refugees in neighboring countries. The new assistance includes nearly $34 million from U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and approximately $32.4 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace to support life-saving interventions for internally displaced persons, refugees, and other vulnerable populations in DRC, as well as Congolese refugees in the region.


Despite the implementation of a peace agreement in 2003, ongoing fighting between forces loyal to the Government of the DRC and various armed entities—including the Allied Democratic Forces, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, and Mai-Mai militants—has contributed to high levels of insecurity and population displacement in eastern DRC. In addition, intensified fighting between the Armed Forces of DRC and local militia in central DRC’s Kasaï region since August 2016 has generated new humanitarian needs in the country. Humanitarian access constraints, poor infrastructure, forced recruitment into armed groups, reduced access to agricultural land and traditional markets, and violence have contributed to the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in DRC and mass internal displacement and refugee outflows since 2016.

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Last updated: April 16, 2018

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