DR Congo

UNICEF DRC Humanitarian Situation Report on the Kasai Crisis, 30 August, 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • On August 1, 2017, the UNICEF Executive Director activated the Level 3 Corporate Emergency Response for the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a period of 6 months.

  • On August 1, 2017 the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report* confirming that serious human rights violations and abuses were perpetrated in the Kasais by different parties to the conflict against 282 victims, including 113 women and 68 children, in different villages of Kamonia Territory, Kasai Province.

  • 12 August, 2017: The occasion of the one-year anniversary of the death of the leader of Kamuina Nsapu (KN), was used by the Commander of the Congolese Armed Forced (FARDC) to declare that 90 percent of the Grand Kasai region was under the FARDC control, although the security update (below) indicates the situation remain volatile


2,440,000 people are in need humanitarian assistance (OCHA April 2017)

1,185,600 children are in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA April 2017)

404 schools have been damaged (Education working group Kasai, August 2017)

218 Health Centers have been attacked / destroyed since the beginning of the crisis in all Kasai Provinces (Department of Health, Kasai region, July 2017)

UNICEF Appeal 2017

US$ 43.5 million

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

The conflict in the Kasai, which started in August 2016, following the death of the traditional chief, Kamuina Nsapu, during an attack between his militia and the Congolese security forces has grown exponentially. In the aftermath of the attack, the conflict which started in Dibaya territory of the Kasai Central Province now affect five provinces in the Kasai Region namely – Kasai, Kasai Central, Kasai Oriental, Lomami and Sankuru Provinces. OCHA has reported that 2.44 million people are affected.

Education and medical care have practically become non-existent in large areas of the Kasaï region and living conditions have deteriorated dramatically. On 1 of August, 2017, UNICEF Executive Director declared the Kasai Crisis as a Level 3 Corporate Emergency to scale up the response through a comprehensive organization plan that includes humanitarian leadership, coordination, programmatic scale up, mobilization of additional resources and extended partnerships with the objective of saving lives, protection of children and provide transitional opportunities to return to peace.