Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ranks as the fifth most fragile state in the entire world-- a number that presents a stark, dangerous reality for thousands of vulnerable victims of civil war and economic inequality.
Years of War
The Congolese Civil Wars, beginning in 1996, killed 5.4 million people-- and involved twenty armed groups, nine African nations and multiple UN peacekeepers. After years of brutal colonization, exploitation and conflict, corruption within the nation restricts it from tapping into its rich natural resources.
Fragile, superficial peace was achieved several times in the past century, but often covered up corruption or extreme human rights violations and spiraled into deadly violence.
The DRC has the lowest per capita income in the world, and ranks second to last on the Human Development Index. The United Nations estimates there are 2.3 million displaced persons & refugees within the nation, and 323,000 DRC citizens living as refugees outside the country.
DRC per capita income = $220/year... less than $0.61 per day
Fleeing to Uganda, urgently needed care
Internal conflict and violence has pushed thousands of Congolese into Uganda. Many Congolese have been victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Refugees arrive with few personal goods or funds.
Since 2009, MTI Uganda (MTI-U) has been providing life-saving primary health care and direct emergency care services to the refugee populations in Nakivale (Ngarama) through a static clinic and community outreaches in partnership with PRM.