The unspeakable violence and loss of life that occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during the 1998-2003 civil war and afterward, left millions of people displaced and traumatized. The atrocities of this conflict deeply marred civil society. People lost loved ones, their homes, land, livelihoods and suffered horrendous human rights violations and trauma.

The scale of the DRC’s internal displacement is the fourth largest in the world. Those fleeing violence knew that leaving their homes meant risking exposure to the elements, possible starvation, illness and death. They sought refuge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, homes of other family or friends, and some hid in nearby forests out of desperation. Some attempted to stay near their properties and continued to work their land as a source of income and food while doing their best to avoid armed groups.

When peace and stability finally returned to the DRC, many internally displaced people journeyed back home only to find their houses and possessions destroyed. Without basic resources and support, rural farmers continue to face the difficult task of rebuilding their livelihoods.

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How the Project Works

CBM in partnership with the Communauté Baptiste au Centre de l’Afrique (CBCA) is working towards helping local citizens rebuild their lives and sources of family income.

One primary goal is establishing food security. By ensuring a stable food source, households can improve nutrition, as well as generate income. CBM and CBCA are working to empower local communities to attain self-reliance instead of depending on external assistance. In order to achieve this objective families are supplied with farming tools, seeds, livestock and training in conservation agriculture. Members of these communities, regardless of gender or age, are encouraged to work together, help each other rebuild and participate in social dialogue. This cooperative process helps to promote peace and a greater sense of community.