“We are hungry. We don’t have proper clothes to protect us from the rain. We feel naked. The place we came from is still not safe,” says Saidi Olivier, one of the 3.7 million Congolese displaced by fighting. The scale of the displacement crisis in DRC is massive: 2 million people have been uprooted by long-term conflict in the east of the country, and 1.3 million people have been newly displaced since August 2016 in the Kasaï region.
The EU supports partners in rapid response to population movements brought on by both old and new conflicts The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is one such humanitarian partner and provides education, legal assistance and emergency aid to the displaced and host communities in the Kivu region. In July 2017, the EU allocated an extra €5 million to step up emergency assistance to the victims of the Kasaï conflict.
Video by NRC