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Helping people from conflict-hit areas in the DRC rebuild their lives

Between conflict, poverty, malnutrition and an Ebola outbreak, humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are amongst the most dire worldwide. A staggering 15.9 million people in the country suffer from severe food shortages. For decades, inter-ethnic violence and armed group attacks in the DRC have driven people to flee for their safety. Conflict and insecurity also keep people from accessing their fields and markets. There are currently around 5 million people who are displaced within the DRC and more than 880,000 Congolese are refugees in neighbouring countries. The ongoing Ebola epidemic in Iturri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces has already claimed more than 2,000 lives and is further exacerbating the growing humanitarian needs. The EU helps the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) provide rapid and flexible aid to people in the DRC affected by conflict. This aid can be mobilised and adapted quickly to humanitarian needs as they arise. Vulnerable people in eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict is still ongoing, receive food aid and cash-based assistance to address their immediate needs and enable households to get whatever their families need most. Text and photos by Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

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