The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have endured decades of civil war, a period over which 5.4 million Congolese died from violence, hunger and disease. While the war officially came to an end years ago, the eastern region of DRC remains one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis zones. Violence remains a constant threat and the UN estimates that 54,000 women have reported being raped since 2004. However, this number is likely to be much higher, as many women fear coming forward because they are often ostracised from their communities and forced to abandon their livelihoods. Rebel groups fight for control of the country’s vast natural resources terrorising civilians and causing millions to suffer from ongoing conflict and displacement.
*Please note the images used on this page are not of survivors of sexual or gender based violence
International Medical Corps began working in DRC in 1999. We have since served more than one million people, 80 percent of whom were displaced by the war. Today, we provide health care, nutrition, food security, sexual violence prevention and treatment, and water and sanitation services in some of DRC’s most remote and volatile areas, often where the presence of other international organisations is extremely limited or non-existent.
International Medical Corps UK recognises the invaluable support of the following European donors to make our work possible.