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18 Nov 2008 description

Fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has escalated dramatically since August, forcing over 250,000 people to flee their homes in recent weeks. Renewed violence between is exacerbating suffering and increasing poverty and insecurity.

In addition to crowded refugee camps, thousands are "invisibly" displaced people who have found shelter with families that opened their homes to help the fleeing strangers. The caring strangers are now struggling to cope with the strain on their meager resources.

01 Jun 2004 description

Although the Democratic Republic of Congo is no longer in the media spotlight, the country is currently facing a catastrophic post war humanitarian situation. Poverty and food insecurity are widespread as a result of the war. Adding to poverty among rural populations is the high prevalence of HIV exacerbated by the presence of various armed groups still terrorizing the population with rape and assault.