Democratic Republic of the CongoOngoing
Appeals & Response Plans
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - Aug 2018
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2018
- DR Congo: Polio Outbreak - Feb 2018
- DR Congo: Floods - Jan 2018
- DR Congo: Landslide - Aug 2017
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2017
- West Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2016
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2015
Most read reports
- Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease - External Situation Report 18
- GIEWS Country Brief: Democratic Republic of the Congo 12-November-2018
- West and Central Africa: Regional Funding Status as of 7 December 2018
- Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Disease outbreak news, 6 December 2018
- Maladie à virus Ebola – République démocratique du Congo Bulletin d’information sur les flambées épidémiques, 6 décembre 2018
Dr Eric Mukama
As a doctor in DRC, I know the harsh reality of attempting to fight an epidemic on the frontline of a conflict zone
I have been responding to different disease outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 18 years, yet I have never seen anything as challenging as containing Ebola in an armed-conflict zone.
With the recent outbreak declared over in little more than two months, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health minister explains how a major crisis was avoided
The ninth and latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now over. I did not think I would be able to utter these words so soon after it all started on 8 May. This outbreak, the most challenging the country has ever faced, had all the makings of a major crisis.
Sam Mednick in Goma
Mon 9 Jul 2018 05.58 EDT
Beset by political and economic turmoil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo faces a fresh threat in the form of brutal abductors who hold children to ransom
It’s been a year since Chantal buried her eight-year-old son. “I lost my mind that day,” says the 46-year-old, wiping tears from her cheeks.
Read more on The Guardian
Congo has nipped Ebola in the bud before, but an experimental vaccine and testing conditions now promise a different challenge
More than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola have arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a bid to check the spread of an outbreak that is alarming experts after it travelled from a remote rural area into a million-strong city.
Congo is a nation of sisterhood and solidarity. We are changing our country from within, risking our lives to speak out and taking up the political fight against sexual violence – rather than just taking notes while men speak
Justine Masika Bihamba
I grew up in Goma, near the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country where sexual violence is notoriously widespread.
So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it
South Sudan has the largest number of child soldiers in Africa. Most are still fighting, but efforts are being made to disarm and reintegrate them into society
David Zelu, not yet 16 years old, looks up, smiles, and stretches his arms to the sky where the sun is finally breaking through the clouds. The rain that has hammered on the wooden roof of the small hut he shares with four other teenagers has passed. Crows wheel overhead, and small thin children jump in puddles.
In a country where abuse and sexual violence are rife, a local police chief is on a mission to safeguard children and women from harm
When Honorine Munyole visits a group of local women in the city of Bukavu, the police officer gets a welcome fit for a hero.
Read more on the Guardian
Cases of polio have been reduced by more than 99.9% since 1988, but complete eradication is proving elusive
Ruth Maclean in Dakar
Two separate outbreaks of polio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have set back global efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.
Read more on the Guardian
A former abductee’s trial for war crimes highlights the problem of children enlisted or seized by armed forces or groups. But change is possible
Officially, sexual violence has declined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dubbed the ‘rape capital of the world’. But frontline workers tell a different story
Ruth Maclean in Goma
The mothers of Kavumu hardly sleep. But on rainy nights, they don’t even try. The rain pounds on their tin roofs so noisily that they worry they won’t hear rapists breaking in to steal their daughters. So they sit up all night, just watching their front doors.
Sarah Boseley Health editor
Exclusive: Bank chief Jim Yong Kim vows to expose governments that fail to tackle malnourishment as part of mission to rid world of stunting by 2030
The president of the World Bank has warned he will name and shame countries that fail to tackle the malnourishment and poor growth of their children, as part of a mission to rid the world of stunting.
The country’s unusual open policy gives refugees land, education and a chance to work – but instability in neighbouring nations is putting pressure on resources
When they fled to Kampala from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in February 2008, Robert Hakiza’s family had food for two months. “The third month was a disaster,” he says. By May, though, his mother and two sisters were out making money. “My sister started selling necklaces,” he says. “At one point, she was keeping the entire family of eight.”
Attackers are entering refugee camps in Tanzania and other neighbouring countries to hunt down opponents and their relatives
By Emma Graham-Harrison in Nyarugusu
Teams of thugs are slipping out of Burundi and into refugee camps in neighbouring countries to launch murderous attacks on exiles, as government militias’ campaign of terror spills over the country’s borders, survivors say.
By Zainab Hawa Bangura and Melanne Verveer
From Iraq to Bosnia, women are abused in war. We need to implement the laws we already have to protect women and seek justice that empowers survivors
By Aidan McQuade
Child labour is, unhappily, sometimes the best option available for very poor families. Yet when children are enslaved, no one cares for their best interests
After setting up a successful savings group pilot in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Children in Crisis share tips for other NGOs starting a VSLA
Amy Parker and Koy Thomson
After it generated more than an average 40% return on investment for savers, showed evidence of benefits for women and reducing tension between ethnic groups, we are scaling up our pilot village savings and loans association (VSLA) programme in the isolated, conflict-affected region of South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes an unlikely haven for thousands as murder and rape force mass exodus from Central African Republic
In a narrow canoe hollowed out from a tree trunk, a teenager, Valentine Pasi, her baby son and five young brothers-in-law ended their desperate race to safety across the Ubangi river. Behind them were the murders, rapes and desolation of home. Ahead of them, profound uncertainty.
Despite some success, women in DRC striving to help resolve the country’s conflicts are hindered by cultural constraints and entrenched gender roles
Sitting at a table in a dimly lit restaurant in Goma, Chantal Rugenera Kambibi reflects on the challenges faced by Congolese women involved in peacekeeping.
The weekly detonation draws a crowd as specialists explode military waste spanning 40 years that litters areas used for farming and fishing