Congo (DRC)
Children in Congo

What we do

Our work here focuses on demining, fighting hunger and helping women who are victims of violence.

A society in extreme crisis

Congo has some of Africa’s largest deposits of diamonds, gold, coltan, tropical wood and oil. But civil wars and oppression have impoverished the population. The country’s infrastructure has been destroyed, and continued fighting and assaults make life a burden for the average Congolese.

Challenges

The Democratic Republic of Congo, DR Congo, has immense economic resources, but a lengthy civil war and continued ravage by different militia has forced the country to its knees.

The war has polluted the ground with mines in 10 out of 11 provinces. The mines are a threat to the security and safety of the population.

Several humanitarian organisations and the UN have raised the alarm about the humanitarian situation in Congo. The majority of the population is starving, and it is estimated that 16 percent are malnourished. Less than 30 percent have access to health benefits.

What we do in Congo

The work of DanChurchAid in Congo focuses on three main areas: the removal of landmines, food security and helping women who have been violently abused.
Our work includes:

  • dotFood security and the removal of landmines
  • dotPreventing violence against women

Articles about Congo

A family with children lived for years on top of an old ammunition depot in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An example of the widespread problem with unexploded ordnance in the troubled country
Healthy children are taught to play football with their arms behind their backs or blindfolds on their eyes to learn about the danger of unexploded ordnance in Congo
The encounter with an unexploded grenade could have had a fatal ending for 12 year old Ebengo Chamulongo, if he had not known exactly what to in such a situation
More than 66.000 refugees have entered Uganda as the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked their hometown Kamango in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday morning 11th July.
The continued fighting between forces of the rebel M23 and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has resulted in growing numbers of Congolese refugees in Uganda and Rwanda.
A case study on Sexual Gender-Based Violence at Nundu Hospital, South Kivu, Eastern DR Congo, as told and illustrated by DCA staff member James Phillip Gould-Bourn
In the village of Mitondo in Congo 27 anti personnel mines were found and destroyed by DanChurchAid. Recently the fine results were celebrated in a handover ceremony.
In DR Congo women are being sexually assaulted on a regular basis. Nobody knows the extent of the assaults, but word has it, that it is tens of thousands. Margaret is one of the women, who has survived.
The sound of the explosion reminded Kalemie’s inhabitants of the horrible periods of war the town has gone through. But this time, the explosion took place under the full control of DanChurchAid’s humanitarian mine action team operating in the Eastern DR Congo.
When war once again chased Bageni Katembereza from her home village in September, she shepherded her six children down the dirt roads of eastern Congo toward safety, not knowing where she was headed, only sensing she had to get away.
Security situation:The situation in North Kivu is relatively calm at the moment. However, clashes between armed groups are being reported daily in both Masisi and Rutshuru territories.
While official figures of newly displaced people in crowded camps around Goma are still being determined, another reality of displacement remains in the shadows: the thousands of families who have opened their modest homes to fleeing strangers.
After panic and lootings by retreating troops a deadly calm has fallen over Goma in Eastern Congo.
The Danish government has established an Africa Commission on effective development cooperation with Africa.
DanChurchAid played host to a number of activities at this year’s Roskilde, related to both the volunteer refund work and the humantohuman campaign focus on the DR Congo: “Fair Phone – Fair Future.” These activities were symbolic of the often-unfair mining practices that are behind the production of the many mobile phones we buy and use every day.
Roskilde Festival could not exist without the help of its many volunteers. Around 23.000 out of Roskildes maximum of 105.000 guests are volunteering as security, chefs, parking guards, sanitation workers and last but not least; refund collectors. While the volunteer refund collectors of DanChurchAid are an equal part of this essential festival element, the work they do and the information they share will travel fa...
Mine clearance is thorough and meticulous work and in DR Congo highly influenced by weather and vegetation. This video shows a DanChurchAid deminer in action.
The village of Kamumba was once a prosperous fishing community. But during the five year long war it was turned in to a military camp. Though the war is over, the mines remain, preventing the villagers from returning.
DCA's Humanitarian Mine Action programme concentrates on clearing agricultural land of mines, in order to link mine clearance with food security for the population in affected areas.
Since mine threats as well as HIV/AIDS prevalence are high in DR Congo, DCA has developed a new approach combining both MRE and HIV/AIDS education programmes. Detailed impact surveys of mine-affected areas are also being carried out, assessing the threats posed and their social and economic repercussions.
Contact information: DanChurchAid's HMA office in DR Congo and the HMA desk at DanChurchAid headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.
DanChurchAid’s humanitarian mine action programme in eastern DR Congo has recently created a new team for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tasks. During the first week's work in Uvira the team destroyed 108 UXOs - and that is only the beginning.
In September, DanChurchAid DR Congo programme based in Kalemie, Katanga Province, received an important visit by Miss Monika Tortschanoff, Human Rights and Civil Society representative of the European Commission Delegation in DR Congo and Mr Harouna Ouedraogo, Programme Manager for United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center (UNMACC) in DR Congo.
In a field, 5 km outside of Kalemie in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 14 men and 13 women have been training for more than three weeks. Ten of these trainees will form part of two new teams that are to work with humanitarian mine clearance under the "Humanitarian Mine Action Program", funded by Europeaid with 940 000 Euros and running from the April 1, 2006, until March 31, 2008.
DanChurchAid and 20 other Danish NGOs call on the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller to place conflicts, which are based on trade with natural resources such as coltan used in mobile phones, on the agenda of the Security Council.
It is a happy day for the two DanChurchAid deminers Mayumbu Kamenga aged 42 and Mbungu Vangu aged 38. They have just been demobilised from the national Congolese army, in which they both served almost half of their lives, 23 years and 18 years respectively.
More than 5 tons of explosive ordnance destroyed by DanChurchAid in Kalemie, Tanganyika district, DR Congo.
DanChurchAid Humanitarian Mine Action program in DR Congo has signed a two-year contract with Delegation of the European Commission in Kinshasa, starting 1 April 2006, for an amount of 940 000 Euros to finance Mine Action activities in Eastern Congo. In addition to this amount DCA will contribute 114.239 Euro of it own funds to the same project.
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