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Total population (millions)54.2
Life expectancy at birth (years)43.1
GDP per capita (PPP US$)697
Adult literacy rate (% age 15 and above)65.3
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)28

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country that has experienced some of the bloodiest conflicts the world has known since the Second World War. In less than a decade, it is estimated that 3.3 million people have been killed, the vast majority of them civilians. Many of these deaths have been because of disease and starvation, as families and communities have tried to escape the conflict. The social and development infrastructure has been left devastated. Many homes, hospitals and schools have been destroyed; people have been left without food, water, shelter or other basic services.

Children are by far the most vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands of them have died due to malnutrition and other preventable diseases. Thousands of children have also witnessed atrocities; many children have seen a family relative killed in the conflict.

The most recent Human Development Report ranks DRC at 167, with a low human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.385 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

WER works in the Democratic Republic of Congo with: African Revival Ministries (ARM), Congo.


These are our current projects in DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO:

Widows:Income Generation

WER is working in partnership with ARM Congo in Uvira, to help fund an income generation project for widows and female-headed households.

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New Hope Project

WER is funding an orphanage for Congolese children whose parents were killed when armed militia attacked Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi in 2004.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)