Home to more than 70 million people and over 250 tribes and languages, DR Congo is a country rich in history and agriculture. But its history is marred by cycles of violent conflict and years of exploitative colonial rule, so today this beautiful country overflows with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). In a country that is one of the poorest on earth—and especially in the areas in which millions have felt the cruel fate of a conflict and post-conflict reality—the needs of DR Congo are great.
As tensions have vacillated unpredictably in recent years, World Relief works with local church partners to eradicate the root causes of violence and poverty by increasing agricultural production, offering support to (and fighting stigmas associated with) survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and establishing Village Peace Committees for community-level conflict mediation. Through the church, there is great hope for sustainable livelihoods and peaceful stability for the people of DR Congo.