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At once beautiful and isolated, the island of Idjwi faces a number of social and environmental challenges.
The densely-populated area has a struggling economy and few functional social services, leaving the majority unemployed or with poor job prospects. More than 80 percent of its inhabitants work in the informal sector, living off agriculture, fishing and farming.
Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, has reaffirmed her Government’s support for the programme and projects combating sexual violence and strengthening the economic power of vulnerable populations.
Vulnerable populations of Luvungi and Kamanyola, on the Ruizzi plain, are about to benefit from a social reintegration project financed by Japan and the UNDP. This area is marked by insecurity and shifting populations, including refugees from Burundi. This new initiative aimed at stabilisation is therefore welcome in order to strengthen social cohesion and stimulate socio-economic development.
Because of its isolation, the territory is a haven of peace in the East of the DRC. Idjwi has often welcomed refugees fleeing violence, such as the survivors of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. But immigration and overpopulation have resulted in a vast deforestation of the island...
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day, “Connecting People to Nature”, invites us to appreciate nature’s beauty and importance, and above all to respond to the call to protect the Earth. In the current global context, this call is more relevant than ever.
East DRC: a programme aims at particularly helping the reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups (CAAFAG), and other vulnerable children within the community, through schooling and vocational training.
In Masisi Territory, in North Kivu Province, the verdant hills stretch as far as the eye can see. It is an agricultural region, known for its cattle-rearing, and for its cheeses, exported throughout the DRC. It is also an isolated area with little in the way of basic infrastructure to improve everyday life for its inhabitants.
After more than a decade of conflict in which rape has been used as a weapon, sexual violence is sadly a fact of life for both women and men in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congolese men and women are working courageously to eradicate this scourge. Here are some of their stories.