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Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola, War and Hunger

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Project Status Ongoing
Main sector
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

In the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, people are experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola in the country's history. A total of 1,495 Ebola cases have been confirmed or are considered probable, 984 people of whom have died (as of late April 2019).

The country has already suffered tremendously due to the war that has been ongoing for 20 years and in which the local population has been brutally attacked by rebel groups. More than 13 million people in the DRC are already in urgent need of humanitarian aid. More than half of all children under the age of five are malnourished. The violent clashes worsen the difficult food situation even more. Ongoing fights prevent aid workers from reaching those in need. Many have been attacked themselves and have to fear for their lives.

People fetching water with buckets
People are fetching water in the Mudjipela camp for internally displaced people in Bunia, Ituri Province, DR Congo. © Arjan Ottens

Welthungerhilfe works tirelessly for the local people. In addition to long-term nutrition projects, the main focus is on Ebola prevention. From experience in Sierra Leone and Liberia, it is clear that education is the best protection against the deadly virus. Therefore, young people and local health workers receive training in Ebola prevention.

Welthungerhilfe's efforts against Ebola
Drei Frauen bei der Arbeit auf einem Erdnussfeld Steady Incomes Promote Peace

Peace in Congo is fragile. Agricultural projects and road construction offer a glimpse of a better future.

In addition to the Ebola prevention measures, Welthungerhilfe continues its nutritional projects. The aim is to support local people in finding a sustainable way out of poverty and hunger. They learn about beekeeping, vegetable growing and the cultivation of trees, for example. They get the chance to earn a regular income and to develop new livelihoods.

Support Welthungerhilfe in offering a better future to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo – free from hunger and poverty. Your donation is an important contribution on this path.

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