Displaced people settled in a church to seek safety in Tanganyika province
On the outskirts of Nyunzu village in eastern Congo, stands a small thatched roof church. Families live on top of each other in appalling squalor. The raw coughs of children are muffled by the rain spitting through the roof. They sleep rough on wet soil, thinly covered by empty sacks of sugar.
Four people have died since the group fled to this church for safety in September 2017, including two children. This scene is replicated in countless churches across Congo, as a little known conflict is tearing the central African nation apart.
Despite the UN putting the world on notice about Congo’s crisis, little has changed since last year. Money has only trickled in to help the 13 million people in need. In 2018, Congo’s humanitarian crisis was 44 per cent funded of US$ 1.6 billion of the humanitarian response plan.
The violence has prevented many families from accessing land and maintaining their livelihoods. 7.7 million people are severely food insecure.
Date: 1 December 2017
Photos: NRC/Christian Jepsen