About DR CongoIn 2008 Comfort Rwanda became more aware of the tragedy unfolding just over the border from Rwanda in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The DRC in Central Africa is one of the most forgotten areas of conflict in the world. Hugely rich in natural resources, DRC has seen one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent history, with an estimated 5.6 million killed in the last 15 years. Much of the fighting in the North Kivu region can be traced back to the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda, although today there are many different rebel factions terrorising communities. The infrastructure of the area has suffered greatly, and, especially in remote areas lawlessness rules, as does violence, particularly against women. It is innocent people who suffer most. Refugees and internally displaced people inhabit camps on the outskirts of Goma where they live under plastic sheeting on sharp lava from the recently exploded Nyiragongo volcano.
Eastern Congo is largely acknowledged as the ‘rape capital of the world’ and is widely quoted by NGO's as ‘the most dangerous place on earth to be a woman or girl.’ Maternal mortality is the highest in the world, children are often forced to become child soldiers, education is extremely limited, displaced people have no land of their own on which to grow crops to eat or sell, so poverty is extreme.