ONGOING CONFLICT: Continual conflict in Eastern DRC has stained the social fabric with mistrust, division and hatred. Tribal tensions run rampant in government and churches, often causing splits along ethnic lines. This instability has led to increased hunger, disease and malnutrition, making DRC last on the Global Hunger Index.
DISPLACEMENT: Forced to flee their villages at a moment's notice, millions of Congolese have spent between three months and three years living in internally displaced camps. When families are allowed to safely return home they discover their homes, fields, possessions and livelihoods in ruins.
SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Using rape as a weapon of war, armed combatants systematically destroy communities in the DRC. Rape has become so prevalent Congolese don't talk about "if" a woman will be raped, but "when." Survivors of rape are stigmatized, generally treated by authorities as criminals and often without access to victim support.
POVERTY: Ranked by the World Bank as the second-worst business environment in the world, instability in the DRC continually undermines sincere efforts to earn a living. Farming, businesses, and transportation systems disrupted by conflict exacerbate the already far-reaching effects of poverty.