Women and children fleeing deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have reported surviving gruesome sexual attacks and genital mutilation by armed men.

Save the Children and its local partners are supporting sexual assault survivors in the DRC. Since fighting escalated, we have scaled up our humanitarian response efforts to meet the growing needs of children. Your support today can help save lives.

Help Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo 

  • The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the worst conflict-affected countries to be a child.
  • Today, the number of people in the DRC facing extreme hunger is among the highest in the world. 
  • Save the Children has worked in the DRC since 1994 to meet humanitarian needs of children, reaching more than 2.5 million people in 2022.

Over 26.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the DRC—or about one in every four people—including 14.2 million children

Conflict has been raging in parts of the country for nearly 30 years, with children paying the heaviest price

Nearly 64% of Congolese live on less than $2.15 a day, with 60 million living in extreme poverty

Democratic Republic of Congo Conflict: 8 Things to Know

Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank

How to Help Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Save the Children is working across the country to respond to the various threats that children face: conflict, epidemics, food insecurity and natural disasters. With the support of our donors, we've been supporting farming families who have been uprooted from their homes to gain access to farmlands. Our teams are also providing health services to young children and pregnant mothers, as well as working to protect children from the various threats of armed conflict and violence. Your donation makes this life-saving work possible. 

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