It rarely makes global headlines, but more than five million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past 20 years.
Though the war officially ended in 2003, eastern DRC is still one of the most dangerous places on Earth, especially for children and women.
We work with authorities and communities in the DRC to put child protection laws into effect and prevent violence against children. This includes running a free helpline to provide rapid support to children at risk, and making sure their rights are respected by law enforcers.
In the DRC:
Children in the DRC
It’s estimated there are 40,000 street children in DRC, and the number is rising.
Children end up on the street for various reasons, from widespread poverty and social issues to family breakups, but they can all be vulnerable to exploitation or violence.
Armed groups are still active in eastern Congo and are responsible for the killing of civilians, rapes and forced recruitment of children.