COUNTRIES

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.

COUNTRY FACTS:
  • Capital: Kinshasa
  • Population: 71,712,867
  • 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.

Key Challenges

Has the world's second highest infant mortality rate | About 1.1% of adults aged 14-49 live with HIV/AIDS | As a result of the six-year civil war in the late 1990s-early 2000s, over 5.2 million children did not receive any education
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