DR Congo

ACT Alliance Call for Action: Conflict in Kasai Province in Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Kasai Provinces in the DRC are experiencing one of the most severe crisis in their history. Violent ethnic/tribal conflicts, fuelled by the brutal killing of the local tribal chief, Kamuina Nsapu and the subsequent calls amongst his followers to avenge his death. As a result, an unprecedented massive population displacement was reported within and outside the 5 provinces of the Great Kasai (Kasai, Kasai central, Kasai Oriental, Sankuru and Lomami). In June 2017, it was reported that 1.4 million people have been forced to flee from their homes, escaping violence. Approximately 33,132 people reportedly crossed the border to Angola when the crisis broke out. According to UNICEF’s August 2017 situation report, the fast and continued deterioration of security and worsening humanitarian situation has currently affected 2.4 million people in the Kasai and surrounding provinces. The situation will likely worsen in the coming months if no actions are taken.

In collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the ACT forum members, Centre Oecuménique pour la Promotion du Monde Rural (COPROMOR),Ecumenical Office for Development Support(BOAD), Christian Aid and Lutheran World Federation have identified a gap in food security, nutrition, shelter, NFI, WASH, education, protection and psychosocial support and has resolved that if funded, it will have the capacity to properly bridge the identified gap. The ACT forum is planning on submitting a funding proposal to provide food security, nutrition, WASH, Shelter, NFI, education, protection and psychosocial support to ensure that the drought affected persons’ basic needs are met with regards to food security, nutrition, WASH, shelter, NFI, education, protection and psychosocial support.