Responding to the emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Region: Africa
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Year: 2018
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 1001-5000
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building, Communications

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is among the world’s poorest countries and suffers from the poor economy, lack of infrastructure and the presence of armed groups. By the end of 2018, over 4.5 million people were displaced within the DRC and the country was host to more than 536,000 refugees. Most of these refugees are from Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, and are faced with challenging conditions upon arrival.

As part of UNHCR’s operations in the DRC, 1056 Relief Housing Units (RHUs) were implemented in different refugee and IDP camps throughout the country in order to provide immediate shelters to vulnerable families.

Photos: © UNHCR/Siegfried Modola

Read more about the situation in DRC here.