The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is among the world's most complex and prolonged emergencies. Recurrent outbreaks of fighting in the DRC have led to numerous displacements of people and an ongoing humanitarian crisis. Many internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other people affected by movements of population as host population especially in the east of the country are in most urgent need of humanitarian assistance. At end of 2011, there were about 1.7 million IDPs in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu as well as in the Haut and Bas Uélé districts of Province Orientale.
On 7 March, Kristalina Georgieva, the EU Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response visited Kakemenge, a village about 250 kilometres southwest of Bukavu.