Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a country located in central Africa. From 1971 to 1997 it was named Zaire. The DRC borders the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It is the second largest country in Africa by area, the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, and the eleventh largest in the world.
- Capital: Kinshasa
- Population: 78,736,153 (World Bank 2016)
- Language: French, Lingala, Kingwana and Kikongo
- Covers a land area larger than the territories of Spain, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway combined.
Our History in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In 1995, Food for the Hungry (FH) worked to assist unaccompanied refugee children who were victims of the civil war that ravaged the country as well as those fleeing from the genocide in Rwanda. Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development, including helping communities rebuild and reestablish livelihoods, improving access to water and sanitation and reducing food insecurity through agriculture and livestock production.
Stories from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ildephonse tried to be a good neighbor, but he was frustrated. The 22-year-old married farmer was watching his crops wither for lack of irrigation. It was happening in his kitchen garden, adjacent to his home in Kala in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There he grows a broad variety
Youth were once heroes in Mutambala, a community within Moba, part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). DRC is one of the most mineral-rich countries in Africa. But the trade in “blood diamonds” funded wars and human rights abuse for decades. The scramble for diamonds and other minerals