The Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) also known as Congo, is a country in Central Africa.

The Democratic Republic of Congo(formerly Zaire) has a long history of conflict but its recent crises can be traced to the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genoicide.

In response to violence carried out by exiled Rwandan Hutu genoicidaries, Rwandan and Ugandan forces invaded The Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996. In what came to be known as the First Congo War.

A proxy war between Rwanda and Uganda continued until 2008. With UN electoral assistance provided under the auspices of MONLIC, the late President Kabila’s son, Joseph Kabila, became the First Democratically elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006.

Unfortunately, this democratic transition has not brought the change that was hoped for in the perpetually conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo, where it is estimated that more than 6 million people have been killed from war-induced causes. In addition, egregious human rights violation, systematic rape and wanton murder, among other violations, have created a horrific humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding region. Much of this conflict arise from violence between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and several rebel factions, including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, Maï-Maï Sheka, and M23. This persistent violence, coupled with the struggle for control of the DRC’s natural resources, continues to further destabilize an already fragmented nation.

Special Representative Wallström declared the Democratic Republic of Congo the “rape capital of the world” in 2010, a statement which was supported by the UN’s estimation that 15,000 women had been raped in eastern Congo in 2009 alone. This claim was further substantiated by the increase in reported sexual violence cases from 4,689 in 2011 to 7,075 in 2012, according to UN data.

In its 2008 Global Report, the Coalition to stop the use of Child soldiers estimated that 7,000 child soldiers remained in government forces and armed groups. Indeed, children have often been recruited from refugee camps and used as combatants, sexual slaves, guards and porters. Though the UN subsequently announced the release of more than 500 child soldiers in eastern DRC provinces in September 2013, approximately 1500 children remained mobilized in the areas in question.

Alarmingly, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center stated that 2.75 million total Congolese have been displaced and 509,000 more have become refugees as of January, 2013. Based on previous calculations of the death rate and toll rate in DRC, Caritas International also estimates that some 6.9 million Congolese have now died since the outbreak of conflict in 1998.

It’s very heartbreaking watching the current happenings in Congo. Congo, I’m so sorry the world failed you.

What we can do to help:

•Pray for Congo. Prayer solves everything, every single thing. Prayer goes a long way.

•Create awareness: Share videos, articles that contain useful information on the humanitarian crisis happening in Congo and educate others too.

•Donate: Please help the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in anyway you can.

Africa has cried enough. We stand in solidarity with all the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo who are full of hope for a peaceful and secure tomorrow.

8 thoughts on “#CongoisBleeding

  1. This is so heartbreaking. At this point it feels like it’s a crime to have natural resources.
    I hope and pray God comes to their aid soonest🙏

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  2. Honestly,this is way too sad to even think about. And to think we here in Nigeria are crying out that we’re suffering,we actually don’t come close to what these people are going through. Is it our fault that Africa is so well endowed and blessed with natural resources?? What’s all this biko?? We’ve had enough💔💔

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