The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a country located in central Africa. From 1971 to 1997 it was named Zaire. The DRC borders the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It is the second largest country in Africa by area, the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, and the eleventh largest in the world.
Population: 78,736,153 (World Bank 2016)
Language: French, Lingala, Kingwana and Kikongo
Covers a land area larger than the territories of Spain, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway combined.
Our History in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
In 1995, Food for the Hungry (FH) worked to assist unaccompanied refugee children who were victims of the civil war that ravaged the country as well as those fleeing from the genocide in Rwanda. Since then, FH has focused efforts on community development, including helping communities rebuild and reestablish livelihoods, improving access to water and sanitation and reducing food insecurity through agriculture and livestock production.
Has the world's third highest infant mortality rate | About 370,000 adults and children live with HIV/AIDS | As a result of the six-year civil war in the late 1990s-early 2000s, over 5.2 million children did not receive any education