Democratic Republic of the Congo
Care for Vulnerable Victims of War
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in Central Africa bordered in the north by the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, in the east by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania and in the south by Zambia and Angola and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. With 79 million people it is the largest French speaking country in the world.
Today, as one of the largest countries in the world (the geographical area of Spain, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway combined) DR Congo is struggling to recover from decades of warfare involving nine of its neighbors, 20 armed groups as well as United Nations peacekeepers.
The country is rich in natural resources but a lack of infrastructure combined with political instability has limited development efforts. The wars resulted in the deaths of about 5.4 million people since 1998 mostly from malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition, aggravated by displacement and unsanitary living conditions. Nearly half of the victims were children under five. According to the Human Development Index (HDI) in 2013, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has a low level of human development, ranking 186 out of 187 countries.
International Needs Canada’s development efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo currently focus on education at Ephphata School for the Deaf
and women’s health Clinique Papillion
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