- Congo, Democratic Republic
- Conflicts and Disasters
“I sell bread, doughnuts and milk to support my four children. I buy the stock from Rubaya town and walk for one hour to get to the market to sell it. I had my guitar repaired in town. It belongs to the church and I play gospel – I love to dance and sing for my lord. I also play for my children to make them happy. Business is not good these days. Because of the war it’s dangerous to farm.”
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is extremely lush and fertile, but the conflict and obstructions like checkpoints, where farmers are forced to pay bribes to get to markets, mean farmers like Mumburi can’t produce as much food as they could. The brutal conflict, along with decades of government failures and foreign interventions have taken their toll. Since 1998 an estimated 5.4 million people have died because of the violence, endemic poverty and preventable diseases.
Sadly, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not the only country where conflict has taken a horrendous toll. The ongoing violence in Yemen is making an already dire humanitarian situation worse. We must push for a permanent and immediate ceasefire.
Photo: Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam