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DR Congo

Providing children and young people with education, training and vital psychosocial support to ensure a better future

Children

Peace treaties to try and halt the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been signed but the country's fragile truce remains under threat. The decision by President Joseph Kabila to propose changes to the constitution in 2016 was met with widespread protests - many of which ended in violence.

A compromise was reached that saw presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of 2017. These proposed elections have now been delayed until at least 2018 amid concerns over voter registration. President Kabila remains in power - in breach of the constitution - amid fears that this political stalemate could descend into violence at any time.

The recent influx of refugees into DRC has also contributed to instability inside the country. DRC currently hosts 430,000 registered refugees from eight different countries - putting further pressure on the country’s strained resources. Most of these refugees are from neighbouring Burundi - and the majority of them are women and children.

Children from both host communities and more recent arrivals to DRC face multiple threats to their safety - particularly the threat of violence. Attacks on schools and hospitals are an all too frequent occurrence and necessary structures to protect children are often not in place.

What we do

Our emergency response for Burundian refugees forms the core of our work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We work to address the education needs of children from both refugee populations and host communities - access to education is currently denied to some seven million children inside DRC.

Our education programmes are supplemented by initiatives to provide children across DRC with protection and psychosocial support.